by Kimberly Wade
It’s the kind of story that warms your heart and breaks your heart all at the same time. Two dogs, one of them a senior, given up as a last resort. It was the last thing their family wanted to do, but when things spiral out of control and animals have nowhere to go, Nevada Humane Society is here.
Otis and Yogi arrived in late January. Yogi is an 8 year old Pomeranian Otis, his brother, is an 11 year old Pekingese. This dynamic duo has been together since they were puppies. Otis may be a few years older, but he easily took on the role of big brother from day one. They’ve bonded. They’ve shared ups and downs, learned from mistakes, gained from adventures and led a great life.
Recently, Otis and Yogi’s human mother had some circumstances arise that were out of her control. Her family was down on their luck and lost their home. They reached out to her, and of course she took them in. It wasn’t a good fit for Otis and Yogi, and after trying everything, she called Nevada Humane Society.
The day she came in to surrender Otis and Yogi was an emotional one. It was clear this was a hard decision. She was in tears; therefore, our staff was in tears. Everyone knew it was the right thing to do but it didn’t make it any easier. The glimmer of good news in all of this was that Otis and Yogi, though a bit nervous, were for the most part goofy, silly and affectionate. It was as if they knew they needed to keep their spirits up, and make everyone in the room smile no matter how tough the goodbye was.
Our staff at Nevada Humane Society immediately notified several managers. We knew that we needed to take extra good care of Otis and Yogi and give them lots of TLC. They deserved it. We quickly learned that both dogs were in pretty good shape. They needed some dental work but otherwise were healthy and happy. We promised to find them a home together, so right away we took photos and set them up with fluffy beds, food and water. Over the next couple of weeks they received medical care and love from staff—they quickly became a favorite of everyone.
Now the time has come for us to say goodbye to Otis and Yogi—they’re ready for a new family! We promised their person that we would find them a home together, and we’re keeping that promise. Otis and Yogi have sweet personalities and big, toothy grins. They love everyone and want nothing more than constant cuddle time. They will benefit from a good amount of attention, so we’re hoping someone who has plenty of time on their hands will fall in love with them—but we want anyone who is interested to come meet them. Otis and Yogi brought so much love to their previous owner and we know they will do the same for their next family.
This is lifesaving. We don’t turn you away no matter what the age. We take in the old, the ugly, the shy and the sweet. We understand things can happen and that while giving up a pet is hard, sometimes it needs to be done. We don’t judge nor do we assume. We are here to provide love and care for the animals while finding them new homes. This is lifesaving.
If you can help us find Otis and Yogi a home together, you are as much a part of this as we are. Otis and Yogi are available at our Reno shelter, located at 2825 Longley Lane. We’re open daily from 11am to 6:30pm, and an hour earlier on Saturdays, at 10am. We hope that Otis and Yogi’s new family is out there and that we get to meet you soon. Then, we can wrap up their story with a happy ending—something all of us can’t wait to see.ogether where they will get the love and affection they once had. Both boys have sweet personalities and big, toothy grins. They’ll need a little dental work but otherwise they’re in good shape. This is lifesaving. We don’t turn you away, no matter what the age. We take in the old, the ugly, the shy and the sweet. If you can help us find Yogi and Otis a home, together, as a team we can make a difference.