UPDATE: Richie has a foster home!
Once upon a time, there was a puppy named Richie in a land far away... and this is his story!
Way back in July of 2014, we received a plea for help & a photo of a retriever puppy tied to a wall. The pup had been living in someone's garage, was abandoned at animal control in Missouri, and then somehow found his way to a high-kill facility here in Illinois. We took one look at the grin on his face & the loooong legs he hadn't yet grown into, and responded "we'll take him!" right away. Little did we know what was in store for us: years of love, heartache, hard work, tennis-ball-throwing, and raising this overgrown puppy together as a community.
Fast forward to today, and Richie the Retriever is the love of our lives- but 730 days of shelter life is too long for any dog to wait, and it's time for Richie to find a forever family of his own. This Tuesday will mark Richie's two year anniversary at A.D.O.P.T.- so for the next 7 days, we're pulling out all the stops and celebrating #RichieWeek! Stay tuned for lots of photos, videos, and opportunities to play a part in Richie's story. Please help us find Richie's knight in shining armor/adoptive family by clicking "share" and spreading his story far & wide so this handsome prince can finally live happily ever after.
Just in time for his birthday & shelter anniversary, volunteer Andrea took Richie out on a field trip filled with lots of fun firsts- including his very first hike! Andrea made a video about her day with Richie, and even gives a sneak peek into the shelter where he lives. Opportunities to explore the world beyond our neighborhood are few and far between for longterm shelter dogs like Richie, which made this a very special day. We'd like to extend our biggest thank you to each and every volunteer & staff member who goes above and beyond to make Richie's time here full of love, comfort, and fun- you've changed this lab's life furever, and we'll always be grateful to you for the positive impact you've had in his world!
Richie will always be a part of the A.D.O.P.T. family, but it's time for him to find a family of his own! Do you know an active and fun-loving person who needs a furry sidekick for their outdoor adventures? Tag them here or click "share"! #richieweek #adoptrichie #richietheretriever #realhomeforrichie