ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Abilene Animal Sanctuary is used to sad news, euthanasia, animal abandonment and lack of adopters. However, Christmas has come a little earlier this year to bring peace and joy to a canine journey. A dog, named Prince, was at risk of euthanasia, but thanks to a family in Florida, he found a place safe from the fear of euthanasia.
There are many animals in the Abilene shelter that have sad stories, but there is one dog in particular that has really moved the staff, and that dog is Prince.
“The same owner gave it up twice,” Foster’s coordinator Staci Shults explained.
The first time Prince was found by animal control supervisor Lindsey Houts. She found it abandoned by its original owner and brought it to the shelter.
“Prince was left in a hotel room next to South 1strecalls Houts.
The original owner came to the shelter to retrieve Prince, but was later found abandoned in an apartment building. He has been at the shelter ever since.
“212 days, he’s been in our care this last time,” Shults said.
Shults explained that an animal staying in the shelter that long is extremely rare. Most dogs are put on the euthanasia list after 30 days at the shelter and Prince has been put on the list three times, but each time he escaped the list.
He was delisted for different reasons, like an adoption plan that didn’t go through, but this last time he was delisted because Houts fought for him. She explained why she felt such a connection to Prince.
“Just the fact that he was left behind and didn’t have a real chance to start a good family,” Houts said.
A Florida man, Brennan Bosworth, saved Prince’s life while he was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base.
“So I walked in and asked them if you had any that were at risk or needed extra help, and they were like ‘Prince is the perfect fit for you,'” Bosworth recalled.
He hosted Prince for about five weeks and during that time he fell in love with his personality. However, Bosworth knew that with the trips he takes for work, he couldn’t adopt.
“I took a week-long trip to DC last week,” Bosworth explained.
He was able to move Prince to his mother-in-law’s abandoned animal shelter in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“He’s honestly one of the most adorable dogs I’ve ever met,” Bosworth said.
After five people volunteered to lead another leg of the journey, Prince came to the rescue on December 18, where his life is no longer in danger. Now Prince is looking for his permanent residence.
“It was definitely a group effort. We fell in love with him and his story was so unique,” Shults said.
She shared that she hates to see a dog on the euthanasia list, but there aren’t enough people stopping by to adopt.
“Unfortunately we have limited kennels and sometimes we take in more dogs than we have space for. We don’t have the funding or the space,” Shults explained.
However, she is happy to have been a part of Prince’s story.
Shultz said fostering can save animal lives and the shelter has taken more than 1,500 animals into foster homes this year, which in turn has saved about 3,000 lives because he opened up space for other animals.
If you would like to adopt Prince, you can apply by clicking on here.