Texas family finds new happiness at Shelter Dog – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Alma Chavez and her new canine companion Scooter are already fast friends.
“He makes us happy,” Chavez said while sitting in her Dallas home as Scooter offered her paw to shake.
Scooter was 3 years, 4 months and 9 days old when he was seized from his former home and taken to the Dallas SPCA. That’s where Chavez first saw him at Clear the Shelters Day last Saturday.
“I went back to where Scooter was and he kept looking at me with those sad eyes,” Chavez said. “He started licking me and wagging his tail, and that’s when he was like, ‘This is mine!'”
While Chavez rescued Scooter, who had been at the SPCA since April, Scooter also rescued Chavez.
“I have stage I cancer, uterine cancer,” Chavez said. “My uncle has cancer. He’s stage IV. So it helps both of us deal with our problems.”
Chavez’s uncle, Javier Benites, walks Scooter after his radiation treatments. “He loves my uncle very much,” Chavez said.
Chavez had another dog before Scooter.
“I did. His name was Chow Boy and he died,” Chavez said. It was just three weeks ago. “It was hard for my baby to go.”
Chavez’s doctor prescribed something she couldn’t get at the pharmacy.
“I’ve been through a lot,” Chavez admitted. “I know my doctor told me depression is bad, stress is bad, so he told me to get a dog.”
That’s how Scooter found his new home: a rescue dog who saved his humans right away.
“You know he feels love,” Chavez said. “He feels he is in a home. He is in a family that loves him.”
To learn more about Clear The Shelters 2022 and find adoptable pets in your area, visit cleartheshelters.com. You can also donate to your local animal shelters and rescue groups by visiting clearthesheltersfund.org.