(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)
Last year, Reece's human made a heartbreaking decision few pet owners could even imagine having to make. After falling on hard times, becoming homeless as a result, the man was forced to relinquish custody of his beloved pet — hoping to give Reece a chance at a better life by putting him up for adoption at a local no-kill animal shelter.
"He had lost his job and his home," Brittany May, from the Great Plains SPCA in Missouri, told The Dodo. "We do offer help to families with pets, but obviously if you don't have a place to keep them, then you don't have a place to keep them."
So the man, whose name is withheld out of respect for his privacy, had to say goodbye to Reece, likely thinking they would never see each other again. He was wrong.
Though his former owner might have wished for a fast happy ending — for Reece to get a new family that would be able to provide him with love and room to play — the dog had no such luck. For more than a year, Reece waited and waited for an adoption that never came, becoming one of the shelter's longest residents.
Meanwhile, the man who had given him up never stopped thinking about Reece, even as he struggled to get back on his feet.
Recently, however, Reece's former owner was able to turn things around, overcoming homelessness to get back on track and a normal life. Naturally, he began looking for a dog to share it with. That's when he found Reece, still waiting where he'd said goodbye so many months earlier.
This week, after the long road they shared apart, Reece and his human were finally reunited.
Almost a year ago, this man fell on hard times and lost his job and house and had to give up his best friend, Reece. Things turned around for him recently and he just happened to look on our website and saw Reece was still at our Independence Campus, waiting. We were able to reunite them, and needless to say, they both were ecstatic to be together again. Keeping families together - just one of the reasons #whywerescue.Posted by Great Plains SPCA on Monday, July 27, 2015