Shirley and Laverne were devastated to find out that they had lost the only home they ever knew.
Their family dumped them off to a school in Corpus Christi, Texas a popular dumping ground for unwanted dogs, when they no longer wanted them.
In early November, a local woman who regularly visits the school to feed the strays first noticed Shirley and Laverne, assuming they were mother and daughter. But when she tried to approach them, they skittered away from her.
However, she didn’t give up so easily. Throughout the next month and a half, she tried gaining the dogs’ trust. At the end, they were comfortable enough to let her grab them by their old collars and lead them into her car.
“They tried to escape and were very nervous as to what was happening,” Leslie Ysuhuaylas, one of the rescuers who helped Shirley and Laverne, told The Dodo. “The brown [one] … was more fearful of what was happening when picked up. The brindle [one] was calmer and went along with it more.”
Before happily being adopted by a loving mother and daughter duo in Dallas, they were moved from foster home to foster home in Texas. It was Tracey and Micaela Godin who volunteered to take Shirley and Laverne home.
“It’s hard to imagine how they survived on their own for so long, and what they had to go through,” Micaela Godin told The Dodo. “Obviously, it took a big toll on their emotional health, their physical health and their overall well-being.”
The dogs were probably very stressed and confused due to the constant moving around, especially the long journey they had to take to reach Florida. But thankfully, they had each other and affectionate people to help them through.
“It can be very scary and confusing because obviously, they don’t know where they’re going,” Micaela Godin said. “I think they definitely took comfort in each other during those times, and they’re very thankful to be together, and to have each other to count on and rely upon.”
By early January, the dogs arrived in Florida and started to relax.
“When they got to the rescue … and into the backyard, their eyes lit up,” Tracey Godin told The Dodo. “They ran around the yard, they rolled in the grass. Every day they’re getting a little more confident. Their heads are lifting.”
Despite going through so much, one thing hasn’t changed- Shirley and Laverne are still inseparable.
“They always look for the other,” Tracey Godin said. “They sleep together. Laverne is constantly cleaning Shirley and they kiss all the time. It’s the cutest thing.”
“They’re attached at the hip,” Micaela Godin said.
Even though Shirley and Laverne have a few health problems to overcome, they already have a loving adopter who wants to take both the dogs together. Everyone couldn’t be happier at how it has all worked out.
“They’re going to an awesome home where they’ll both be loved, and they’ll be together for the rest of their lives … and they’ll never wonder where their next meal is coming from,” Micaela Godin said. “From here on out, it’s just happily ever after for them.”
“I think it’s so amazing how many people were able to come together to make this possible,” she added. “They’re such wonderful dogs, and they’re so deserving.”
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