DENVER (KDVR) – An Army veteran found his four-legged companion just in time for the holidays.
The dog’s name is Baby Girl and she is 6 years old. She’s on her way to her new home with her new friend, 38-year-old Keith Wade. He said this new member is not the result of love at first sight but love after her story.
“I am not alone anymore. I’m not alone anymore,” said the 10-year disabled veteran as he came to pick up his dog from MaxFund . Animal Reception Center in Denver.
Organizations worked with Black team rescue to make this Christmas miracle happen. It’s a process that usually takes months, but due to the urgency of Christmas, the acceptance process only took a few weeks.
“I fell in love with her when I heard her story,” Wade told FOX31’s Joshua Short Friday afternoon.
Baby Girl’s story is filled with ephemeral housing, injury, arthritis, and uncertainty. She was adopted in March and then returned to the shelter not long after.
Wade’s story is not so certain. While on his way to see his daughter born last year, he had to fight for his life.
“I was on highway 64 going east,” he explained. “A Z71 Silverado came and hit me straight at 70 mph and at the same time a pickup hit me at 60 [mph]. ”
He said his heart had stopped, but now he is being healed with his new friend.
“Our veteran customer Keith contacted us and was looking for a companion and really wanted someone for Christmas and we reached out to MaxFund, a great partner. came to us and they suggested a baby girl,” said Kelley Forrester, chief executive officer of Black Ops Rescue.
Black Ops has been around since 2018 and started as a small rescue aimed at pairing veterans with shelter pets. They are an all-volunteer organization and all of our services are free for veterans.
“We’re going to make all of this happen by Christmas so Keith will have a new fighting buddy for the holidays,” Forrester told FOX31.
MaxFund is a no-kill animal shelter and foster care center that challenges traditional animal protection practices by leading the no-kill movement in Colorado.
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