Four months ago, Lewis Jimenez had to make a very difficult decision. The man had to take his Pit Bull, Titus, back to the shelter where he originally adopted him. However, Jiménez went to rescue Titus as soon as he could, and is determined never to separate from his friend again.
In 2013, Jiménez adopted Titus at the Austin Animal Center, the only municipal animal shelter in Austin, Texas. He didn’t want to adopt a Pit Bull, but soon fell in love with him!
The following five years, Lewis and Titus became inseparable, but last year something terrible happened. Lewis was told he couldn’t keep the dog.
“The management company said he had to get rid of Titus or he would be dumped,” said Jennifer Olohan, communications manager for the Austin Animal Center. Jimenez had no other place to move, and didn’t know anyone who could look after Titus, so he had to take him back to the shelter.
Jimenez promised to shelter that he would return, but the team had no evidence that this was true.
The animal had many difficulties adapting to shelter life. “The shelter is a stressful place for dogs,” Olohan said. “Some dogs deal with it better than others, but Titus was not one of them. He was really stressed.”
Jiménez and his family visited Titus whenever they could, but this was always very painful for everyone involved. “The team would see them with tears whenever they left,” Olohan said. “So this whole situation was just painful.”
Titus stayed in the shelter for four long months, but Jiménez never stopped working to get him out!
Fortunately, Jiménez and his family were able to move to a place where they could keep Titus. The Pit Bull now had a new place and a yard to run. “Titus was thrilled and Lewis too, we had some staff and volunteers at the scene, and everyone was crying, some people already knew about his story and knew Lewis was waiting for Titus.”
“I was impressed,” Jimenez said. “A lot of things went through my head.” Jiménez expressed his gratitude to the staff and volunteers who dedicated their time to Titus during his stay at the shelter.
“He loves Titus,” added Olohan. “We can see now that not going back to Titus was never an option. He was doing everything he could to make sure he brought the dog back.” The Pit Bull immediately settled into his life with Jiménez and his family.
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Source: The Dodo