Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go.

Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go. You have made my life complete, and I love you so.
Lyrics by William Whiteman Fosdick

Husker thinks that this song, which was made famous by Elvis Presley decades ago, should be the theme song of all shelter and rescue animals. Why? Because the lyrics tell everyone about their hopes and dreams for a forever home and a forever family.

Husker is a four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who found himself a resident at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility. He didn’t understand what happened, because one day Husker and two other dogs lived with a man and they had a home together. When the man had to move, he kept the other two dogs but left Husker at the Animal Care Facility. Husker was very confused. At intake, he was noted to be an apparently healthy dog who was a bit overweight. Eliminate the overfeeding, and Husker started to lose some of that unnecessary weight.

A short time later, Husker moved to Rancho Coastal Humane Society. This super mellow guy was fortunate to find a home less than two months after arriving. We think his new family tells the story best. “My father and I visited your facility earlier this year in search of a canine companion for him. I had been scouring the Internet, trying to find the perfect dog – the right size, the right age, the right breed, and the right disposition. My father lives alone and had recently lost his beloved dog of many years to liver failure. You can imagine how excited I was when I found Husker on your website. He fit the bill perfectly! It was love at first sight when we saw him in person. He is such a well-behaved, sweet boy. Everybody we know raves about him, and he is now my father’s constant companion. Husker and my dad give so much to each other every single day. Husker is extremely comfortable in his new home and it feels like he has always been part of our family. Thank you so much for all that you do for both the people and the animals in our community”.

On March 21, 2012, Halibut arrived at Rancho Coastal. He was truly a new cat! Healthy, handsome, ready for a forever home. Halibut has decided that “Thank you” might be a nickname for him. It’s an unusual name for a cat, but if it had not been for the excellent medical care and attention he received at the Animal Care Facility, he’d never be enjoying life today. Less than three months after arriving at Rancho Coastal, Halibut started his new life in a home that also has an elderly cat and a small dog. Life is good at last!

We know that Husker and his new human “dad” love each other and have made each other’s lives complete.

by Diane Johnson, RCHS volunteer