Shelter Tries To Dissuade Couple From Adopting Sad Dog, Couple Drives 6 Hours To Save Him

Jessica Williams and her boyfriend, Jared, specifically moved into a pet-friendly apartment just so they could adopt a dog. The plan was to wait a couple of months after moving in so that she could get a dog on her birthday. But she couldn't wait, and neither could Benji.


Benji, a stray who was picked up in Los Angeles, had a flea allergy that caused him to lose most of his fur. He was lethargic and terrified of his new surroundings.


Jessica Williams


Out of fear, Benji would snarl and snap at people who walked by. A trait that can prove deadly for a dog in a big city shelter. Jessica knew that he was in danger and that few people would be willing to help, so she and her boyfriend made a six-hour road trip from their apartment in Sacramento to Los Angeles.


When they arrived and told staff they had driven 6 hours to pick up Benji, the staff tried talking the couple out of it. They told Jessica and Jared that Benji needed a lot of care and work, but Jessica and Jared convinced them that they were up for the challenge.


Jessica Williams


“The shelter also told us he wasn’t friendly and refused to take us into a calm waiting area to get to know him because ‘he wouldn’t be a dog that would come over to us to be cuddly.’ We knew that he had a high possibility of being euthanized and didn’t want him to die,” Jessica told The Dodo.


Faced with a major decision, they signed the adoption papers and didn't think twice! Benji was quite nervous. To make matters worse, even when they got him home, he continued to be withdrawn and didn’t seem to be interested in anything or anyone.


Jessica Williams


It didn't take long for things to change. A few days later, Benji realized that he was safe and finally at home. He started to play and interact with his new family and his sad expression changed into a smile.


Jessica Williams


In only a few weeks Benji became an integral part of the family. He loves playing, car rides and spending time with his new human family. Sometimes the sad, scared little dog that needs 'a lot of work,' simply needs the right people to care for him.


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