What My Shelter Means to Me: Seven Star Sanctuary and Shelter

March 5, 2012  

By Jack Kessler

In November 2009, I lost my wife to cancer. Six weeks later, I had to have the family mutt put down due to health issues – he was 15 years old. I called him a mutt, but we were told he was a purebred Lhasa Apso.

The following summer, a neighbor’s dog came visiting, reminding me of the joy of a dog in my life. That fall, I met my two grand-dogs, both adopted. Come Christmas time, I thought about volunteering at the local humane society to get my dog fix. Then I saw on item in the paper about an open house at a newly opened shelter, Seven Star Sanctuary and Shelter in St. Joseph, Mich. More convenient to my home, I went to the open house. During a tour of the facility, the one and only pit mix grabbed me (and my heart) in exactly the same manner as one of my grand-dogs (also a pit mix).

Two weeks later, after a successful trial visit, Queenie came home with me. She fit in so nearly perfect from the start and has done so much to restore happiness and joy in my life. Definitely, a two-way rescue! And the shelter folk and I continue to exchange stories and support!

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3 Responses to “What My Shelter Means to Me: Seven Star Sanctuary and Shelter”
  1. AlexBaliles says:

    Queenie is beautiful Jack. Thanks for sharing.

  2. luckydogtoo says:

    We were so lucky at Seven Star to have had Jack stop in that day!  We tell Jack that Queenie was so lucky to find him, he says he’s the lucky one – they both are!