Nellie was just a young pup when she was adopted from APA! back in 2012. Fast-forward seven years to this past summer: Nellie is left alone, tied up outside a vet's office in Amarillo, Texas – eight hours away from Austin.
Once an APA! family member always an APA! family member. We never turn our backs on our animals, so we knew we had to get our girl back to safety and that we’d have to move fast. Our community is a wonderful one, so it wasn’t long before someone stepped up to the task of rescuing her. APA!’s Public Relations and Events Manager, Katera, felt a calling to step in and bring Nellie home, so off to west Texas, she drove.
"Nellie was scared, confused, and stuck in the Texas heat,” recalls Katera. “The municipal shelter in Amarillo took her in, and luckily traced her microchip back to us. The shelter was unable to keep her longer than a couple of days, and we had a hard deadline of 12pm to find reliable transport. I saw Nellie, and in her photo, I was reminded of my childhood dog – a female black lab mix just like Nellie. So I decided to make the drive across Texas and back on one hot, August, Saturday. Luckily, a good Samaritan also involved in animal rescue was able to transport her an hour closer to Austin. We met at a Red Roof Inn parking lot. Nellie was scared, unable to look at me, but ready and willing to hop into my car as long as it meant she got yummy cheese sticks. After a few hours, that scared girl insisted on snuggling. She hopped in the front seat, put her paw on my hand, and we rode like that for the last four hours to Austin. I brought her on a sleepover a few days later and checked on her every day in the shelter. She was recently adopted by a lovely human, who loves her and understands her. Nellie needed us most in that moment, and I was happy to be there for her.”
As for her adopter, Joel could not be more happy to have found Nellie, affectionately calling her the sweetest dog he’s ever met, one that just wants to share her love and feel yours in return. It would only take a short while for her to warm up in her forever home. “It only took a few minutes for her to go from shy to asking for pets,” shares Joel.
Joel loves how much she enjoys walks because it gives him the chance to enjoy the outdoors with her as well. When they’re not doing that, Nellie gives Joel a relaxing presence at home. They sit on the couch together while he gives her all the pets. He shares that his favorite memory of her is the day he brought her home and how right it felt.
It’s troubling to think about what Nellie’s fate would have been if the Amarillo shelter had never called us, or if Katera hadn’t been able to drive West. We’re so thankful everyone joined together to give Nellie another chance to get the happily ever after she deserves.
As we work to meet our $100,000 Dollar Dash goal, think of Nellie as she dashed across Texas to safety. Give today so we can continue giving even more dogs who are left abandoned, all the love so they don’t ever feel alone again.