Melani Andrews had gone through a fair share of bad times: she lost her husband and afterward, she lost her dog Lola, who’d been her companion and support through the loss. “My grandkids came over one night, and they said, ‘Grandma, you need somebody to keep you company. You can’t just sit around here all by yourself.”
Andrews listened to her grandkids and decided to take matters into her own hands. She went to the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, where she asked the staff for the dog no one else wanted because she would adopt him. “I don’t care if he’s sick, I don’t care if the shelter can help with bills. I don’t have a lot of money, but I’m sure I have enough to take care of a little dog.”
She ended up adopting a 12-year-old terrier named Jake. It turned out Jake had been passed on many times and had been at the shelter for a long time because he had skin cancer, was deaf and partially blind, so they didn’t know how long he would be around. Regardless, Andrews took him and Jake has been one happy dog since.
“The way he’s taken a turnaround here, I may end up having him for a year — maybe two if I’m really lucky,” she shared. “But when he goes, I’ll know he went happy.”