Anyone can easily fall in love with this short-legged and soulful-eyed senior bully mix named Duke. Nevertheless, he spent his entire life hopping from one home to another.
A deadly earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, back in 2011. Duke was still a puppy then, and he used to live there. Luckily, he survived the 6.2 shocks but was separated from his dear family.
“So many people in Christchurch lost their homes,” Abbey van der Plas, founder of Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue, said. “There was big coordination between groups to have earthquake dogs sent to other cities.”
Soon, the dog was in Auckland, which was the opposite side of the country. He was safe there, but he somehow couldn’t be able to stay in a home for more than a few years. Eventually, we were sent to a public shelter, with a dark future ahead of him, expecting loneliness for the rest of his life.
“We are not sure how many homes Duke has been through, but we think at least four while in Auckland, possibly more,” van der Plas said. “No one reported him missing, none of the numbers attached to his chip was responding and no one came forward to claim him.”
Then, things took a sudden turn—van der Plas saw a photo of Duke while he was surfing on the internet. She then planned something.
“His little face broke my heart when I saw his online shelter ad,” Van der Plas said. “[I] decided straight away that we had to bring him home to Christchurch and find him the retirement home he deserves.”
Van der Plas took assistance with friends at Chained Dog Rehabilitation &Rehoming, a rescue in Auckland. They helped her to have Duke released and sent from the North Island to the South Island of New Zealand. As Duke arrived, Van der Plas quickly realised how great of a decision she had made to bring him back home.
“Duke has the most amazing personality,” van der Plas said, “And is a really happy, sweet-natured dog.”
“Now that he’s back home he has been super popular, and we have lots of great families offering him a retirement home,” van der Plas added.
According to her, his pictures don’t show who he is. “He’s a funny wee thing and is even smaller than the photos show,” van der Plas explained. “[He] loves to play ball and is very talkative.”
Duke is in a foster home right now and recovering from his neutering. Meanwhile, Van der Plas is looking for a forever home for him. Duke definitely deserves the most supportive and loving family after going through so much all his life.
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