When a senior dog now named JoJo went up for adoption at the end of last year; he left a truly terrible past behind him.
“When he was a puppy, JoJo’s ‘family’ had cut his ears off with scissors,” said Nicole Bruck; founder of Animals R Family, the group that ended up rescuing senior dog JoJo years later. “We cannot even imagine the excruciating pain that must have caused him.”
The family then dumped senior dog JoJo at a rural facility for dogs when he was just 7 months old.
“Sadly, he languished there for the next eight years; living in a cage in a windowless warehouse,” Bruck said. “There was no water in his cage, no blanket, no towel, nothing … just the hard ground.”
It’s hard to believe JoJo would ever be able to feel joy again — but somehow his spirit was never broken.
“We rescued him at the age of 9 years,” Bruck said. “His eight years of harsh prison life did nothing to dent his personality or his charm.”
When Animals R Family brought JoJo to a Best Friends Super Adoption Event in New York City last December; Kevin and Leann Karcher happened to be there with their son, Jordan.
Jordan started a company that was a vendor at the adoption event; Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., which donates 20 percent of proceeds to no-kill shelters.
And that’s when Kevin and Leann saw JoJo. “Jordan got us involved and when we learned of JoJo’s sad story and realized there was little chance he would be adopted we decided to help,” said Kevin Karcher.
“We wanted to pack as much life and affection into JoJo’s remaining years as possible.”
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