18-year-old Shelter Dog Can’t Contain Her Joy After Being Adopted

At 18, Julep found herself in an animal shelter after her loving owner had passed away and the family was unable to care for her.

Julep was one of the oldest dogs who came to the shelter. Alix John Tolley, spokesperson for Washington, D.C.’s Humane Rescue Alliance, said: “She’s lived a long and happy life.”

The shelter shared her story on Facebook. They said: “Julep needs a fresh start and doesn’t need much, just a couch to sleep on and a human to love.”

Wayne Lerch lost his beloved 11-year-old pit bull, Jasmine, in December. He was deeply moved by Julep’s story, so he decided to take her home.

The day after he spotted her online, Lerch showed up at the Humane Rescue Alliance’s adoption center before it even opened. He took some dog-lover precautions, though, riding there on his motorcycle to avoid the pressure of adopting Julep right then and there — since there would be no way to get her home on his bike.

But as soon as he met Julep, he said, “I knew right away.”

And he went home to get his car.  Lerch and Julep left the shelter, together. She had been there for just about a month.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. We see a lot of happy endings and try not to get too emotional. But the combination of her age and Wayne’s obvious adoration for his new ‘old lady’ left us in tears,” said Tolley.

Lerch reported that Julep’s first day home was great. Julep (who has since been renamed “Tootie,” after Lerch’s grandmother) is healthy, but her new dad knows she might not be around for a long time.

Whatever time is left, though, Lerch wants to make it special.

Watch the video below showing Julie and Lerch leaving the shelter!

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