Nevada Humane Society’s 12 Saves of Christmas was introduced several years ago. It received an overwhelmingly positive response, letters of appreciation, and more, all of which came unexpectedly to us. We see day in and day out the difference we make in the lives of thousands of animals but we didn’t realize we weren’t fully communicating those lifesaving efforts to you – our biggest fans. Thus, the 12 Saves of Christmas was created. Now, every holiday season, we find ourselves receiving messages asking when our 12 Saves of Christmas begins. Without further ado, we present to you the 12 Saves of Christmas of 2016.
12 Saves of Christmas #3: Kuro and Kibo
It was early one morning when someone came across two dogs at the dog park in Hidden Valley. They were locked inside the fenced park with dog food and a blanket. It wasn’t clear how long they had been there, but someone found them and called Washoe County Regional Animal Services.
The boy, Kuro, was a two year old black lab. The girl, Kibo, a two year old shepherd mix. Both were friendly and in good spirits. They stayed at Animal Services until their five day stray hold was up and then they were transferred to Nevada Humane Society. Through it all, they were goofy and happy-go-lucky.
The hard part about Kuro and Kibo was understanding why they had been abandoned. They were clearly loved by their family. They were social, well-mannered and affectionate. Their coats were shiny and well-groomed, their teeth sparkling white and their overall body condition good. They even wore custom dog tags that read “please love me.” Someone had loved them yet reached a really hard part in their life where things were out of their control and they had no other choice. Someone made a tough decision that must have been incredibly emotional, but for them, they felt it was the right decision.
We are not here to judge people. We are here for the animals. We understand things happen and we can respect that. You, our supporters, are also here for the animals.
Kuro and Kibo touched the hearts of many. Someone alerted the media and their faces were splashed everywhere within hours. People were flooding the phone lines wanting to know what had happened. We didn’t know. What we did know is that they were loved. Abandoned, yes, but loved nonetheless.
As two young, energetic dogs, Kuro and Kibo were going to need an active family. We knew finding just the right home for them may take longer than normal, but we were willing to make it happen.
A few weeks went by and though plenty of people were interested, no one could take on two, large dogs. We decided to bring them to a big adoption event, hoping someone out of the ordinary would be there. It worked.
Mike and Colleen had recently lost their own pair of dogs. They weren’t ready to adopt, but when we published an article about Kuro and Kibo, their neighbor put the article in their mailbox. They happened to read it the morning of our adoption event, and they decided to come meet them.
When they arrived, they specifically sought out Kuro and Kibo, who were frolicking in the grass, chasing a ball, completely content. When Mike and Colleen first saw them they had tears in their eyes.
The meet and greet went well, but we knew Mike and Colleen needed time to think. Losing a pet is never easy, and we knew they had to be ready. We also knew they were the perfect fit. We decided to give them a couple days. It was worth it. Colleen called us the next day and said they wanted them.
Today, Kuro and Kibo are loving life. Just the other day Kibo wrote us a letter, from her and her brother, which we wanted to share, because it tells us that our community is good. It tells us that YOU love your pets, and that we all want what’s best for them—even when times get tough. It took a lot to leave them, we’re sure, but giving them the life they deserve is priceless. Thank you for allowing us to be there for Kuro and Kibo.
Our day starts at 4:45AM where we eagerly await for Colleen to bring us our breakfast which Kuro GULPS down in a hot minute. I on the other hand, being the delicate lady I am, chew each bite fully. Once finished with breakfast we get to come in the house where Kuro usually spends the first few minutes stalking the cat until he gets swatted at. Then, Kuro lays down in front of him and tries to stare him down—but the cat walks away undaunted every time.
Mike and Colleen have to go off to this place called “work” and they return later in the afternoon. Everyday Colleen takes us for a walk around a retention pond where we sniff and sniff and sniff. We return for dinner and then rest since our days are filled with the following activities in their absence and on the weekends when they are home:
- Chasing EVERYTHING that flies through the back yard!
- Looking for these little black things that pop up and spray water—they’re hard to find so sometimes we have to do a little digging!
- Play tug a war with our beds. Mike filled a big green trash bag one day with the green stuff that came out of it!!
- Chase each other around and around and around the backyard until we get tired!
- Stare for hours on end into a big tree that we think houses a lot of birds.
- Sniff and lick this white cold stuff that appears out of the sky on occasion, especially now.
- We love, love, love nerf Frisbees and we go thru them like hot cakes!
- And best of all we LOVE to be lap dogs (even though we take up much of the room).
Kuro and I (Kibo) want to thank you for allowing Mike and Colleen a day to make sure they were ready for new house guests before they took us home for good. I THINK WE WILL STAY RIGHT WHERE WE ARE.