IN October 2012 two veteran dogs Jack and Snowy were surrended to the Animal Welfare League (AWL) Eurobodalla Branch due to their owner Shirley Goodin passing away after a period of illness.
For both their ages Jack aged 13 and Snowy aged 12 were generally in good health but Snowy in particular needed some major work to be done to his teeth. The AWL decided to give these two dogs a second chance in life and provided the funds for their much needed dental work and began to advertise to find them new homes but under the proviso that they remain together.
After Shirley’s passing the AWL were informed that these two dogs were so much loved by Shirley that in her will she had bequeathed a sum of money for each dog. Just before Christmas 2012 and after several weeks of advertising in the paper and on the radio and with no knowledge of the two dog’s cash flow the call for help was answered by the Umback family of Quaama.
Mark Umback said “I kept on hearing about these two dogs on the radio and all I could think about was seeing these dogs locked up in a concrete jungle somewhere. I spoke with my wife and my dad and they were feeling the same way so I thought I would just do it so they had a proper home before Christmas.
A few days later the two dogs were taken out to Quaama and after the adoption paperwork was completed the Umback’s were given the surprising Christmas message. The Umback were taken aback with the news and said that out of the funds they wanted to pay for their dental work and they were willing to split in half of what is left with the AWL.
Several months later the probate of Shirley’s estate was finalised and last week a cheque was handed to the Umback’s for their good deed in taking in these two dogs. Mark said” I still can’t believe this has happened but I’m greatful to the AWL. Jack and Snowy just love the farm and in particular when I go away with work the two dogs are straight in the truck and come with me.”
This is definitely a feel good story that has a very happy ending. The AWL would like to thank all the adoptive dog and cat owners as another chance in life is what these animals deserve with a lot of love in return. If you would like to be a volunteer in some capacity a carer or looking for a cat or dog go to the Pet Rescue website or phone the AWL Eurobodalla on 0410 016 612.