Man camps outside animal shelter for five hours so he can adopt his favorite puppy

Many of us have gotten in line early for something we really want, hoping to beat the crowds and be one of the first: nabbing concert tickets or a newly-released phone, for instance.

But wouldn’t it be nice if people were that eager to adopt pets? Imagine a world where people line up outside before shelters even open just for a chance to adopt the dog of their dreams.

Well that’s what happened at one shelter recently, as one man lined up early to make sure a beautiful shelter puppy would be his.

Elliot, a border collie puppy, ended up at Palm Springs Animal Shelter in March after being found as a stray. The scared, shy dog was put in a foster home until he could be put up for adoption — and there, he made a big impression on the foster’s neighbor, Dr. Brian Eberhart.

Dr. Brian Eberhart “camped out” at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, in California, five hours before it opened, arriving at 8 a.m. prepared with a camping chair and a book.

“He was there from around 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. when we opened. We saw his lounge setup outside and just had to talk to him and found out he was there to ensure he had a chance to adopt Elliot,” Anthony Mercurio said.

Waiting for the perfect puppy was a joint effort between both Eberhart and his wife Lisa. “His wife later relieved him for a bathroom break just before noon. It was a team effort,” joked Mercurio.

“He had even said there were others interested in Elliot that came by at 11 a.m. but once they found out we didn’t open until 1 p.m. that day, they just gave up and left,” said Mercurio.

Dr. Eberhart didn’t leave his perch until it was time to meet Elliot, and the little dog could hardly contain his excitement when he realized who was there to see him. “It was a happy and playful meet and greet from the start,” Mercurio said. “Elliot acted like he was being reunited with an old friend and it was obvious to us that there was a match there!”

Elliot went home with Dr. Eberhart that day, and has since been renamed Leo — an acronym for “Love Each Other.” Since finding his forever family, the little dog always wants to be close to his new mom and dad, whether snuggling on the couch or nipping at his dad’s heels.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *