Abandoned Puppy Breaks Into Shelter

Leave it to the dogs… a heartwarming story comes out of Texas about a Great Pyrenees called Duke and a puppy named Rudy.  Rudy, an 8-week-old Labrador-mix was left tied outside at the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) the evening of December 2nd.  He chewed his way out of the leash and decided to break into the shelter!

“People don’t want to wait till the office opens, so they just leave them,” said Peggy Brown, Humane Education and Community Outreach at HSNT.

Security footage showed this determined pup pacing back and forth in front of the shelter’s fence.  Once he freed himself of his tether, he could be seen scrambling into the shelter.  Not that difficult a task for a pup that weighs only about 5 pounds.  Sorry to say, but security footage not being filmed in HD, the great escape won’t be making it on to YouTube.

The little fellow was found by staff the next morning curled up and sleeping with Duke, an 85-pound, 13-month-old dog who had been surrendered to the shelter.  It appears as if the puppy –  who got his name from a staff member named Rudy — walked halfway through the row of dogs before selecting Duke to cozy up to.  Rudy was able to squiggle into Duke’s cage and the two became a team.  I wonder if Rudy saw a bit of his mom in Duke’s coloring, perhaps?

Duke, the Great Pyrenees

Puppies are more easily adopted from shelters than adult dogs and Rudy found his new family in less than a week’s time.

Duke — happy to report — was adopted shortly thereafter to another home.  Happy endings for all.

Taking Accountability

Some people don’t want to claim responsibility when dropping off pets at a shelter.  Some try and avoid the fees incurred when surrendering an animal.  Yet others just let their pets go in a low-populated environment to fend for themselves.  None of those are good plans.

I suppose the good thing is Rudy’s human(s) at least tried to get him to a shelter environment.  But he could just as easily have crossed a road and been hit by a car after chewing his way out of his leash.  Rudy was the smart one in this story.  Common sense, it seems, told Rudy to go there for heat, food and canine company.  Good for you, Rudy!


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All photos of Rudy and Duke used with permission of Humane Society of North Texas


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 5 years ago

heartwarming and touching story,thank you for sharing 3/7

Sonja Eckhart
Sonja Eckhart5 years ago

glad both were adopted.

Christinaalex Nicki
.5 years ago

heartwarming,thank you for sharing

Ana Marija Rumbak
ANA MARIJA R5 years ago

A heartwarming story for good day:)

Vicky Slay
Vicky SlaySlay5 years ago

So glad Rudy was smart enough to go into the shelter to snuggle up to Rudy - very smart little dog. Shame on his owner for dropping him off with no supervision. Great that Rudy & Duke now have a new home.

Mary T.
Mary T5 years ago

Heartwarming story and happy to see Ruby & Duke were adopted. Adults dogs need to be adopted too. got all of my dogs from the local county animal shelter; even adopted two kittens 12 Mother's Days ago. love my shelter pets

Nadine H.
Nadine H5 years ago

Most animals have more sense than people.

Charly Graham
Charly james5 years ago

Happy endings