2. Why is Smokey sad?
Smokey's home life had been calm and quiet and he thrived in that environment. No longer being in his comfort zone really changed Smokey. Smokey missed being pet and loved on and being in the shelter deprived him of that regular physical contact. In the shelter, Smokey was clearly stressed out and depressed. He even seemed a little scared.via:Franklin County Dog Shelter Facebook Page
3. Smokey and his elephant.
Because Smokey was growling frequently, he was not put for adoption to the general public by the shelter. Instead, something better was in store for Smokey. They arranged for him to go to a foster home, which should help ease his transition to his new life.via:I Have a Dream Rescue Foundation
4. Smokey's Smile
In a twist of fate, Lucky regained his smile when a team of volunteers from the rescue organization, "I Have A Dream Rescue Foundation" were at the shelter to evaluate a different dog and simply fell in love with the sad dog cuddling his stuffed elephant.via:I Have a Dream Rescue Foundation
5. Sweet Smokey
Since Smokey was so clearly unhappy living in the animal shelter, the rescue organization decided to take Smokey in for the moment. Smokey and his stuffed elephant will stay with the organization for now until the original family who’ve lost their home will be able to take him back!via:I Have a Dream Rescue Foundation
Of course, if that isn't possible, the organization made it clear that Smokey can stay with them as long as necessary and would be placed for adoption.
As long as Smokey doesn't have to be sad in the shelter anymore, that's what matters most to the volunteers who have gone the extra mile to bring a smile back to Smokey and it's definitely working!
When the "I Have A Dream Rescue Foundation" shared Smokey's story it quickly went viral and gained a TON of attention. In turn, the owners of the animal shelters hope that Smokey's story motivates people everywhere to adopt other dogs from shelters because it's so clear how a little love goes a long way for a dog and everyone involved in Smokey's life today is so happy to see his frown turn upside down, and that his joyful disposition has returned.