Ollie has quite a story – much of which is well beyond his comprehension.
Ollie skirted death at the Raleigh County Animal Humane Society in Beckley, W. Va., when the facility ran out of gas and the director refused to buy more.
He attended prom, in spirit, with Lou Wegner, a dedicated, young animal advocate who heads up “Kids Against Animal Cruelty,” and just 48 hours before his second “date with death,” he finally was adopted.
Wegner came up with the idea to have Ollie “attend” prom with his date for the night, longtime friend, Kids Against Animal Cruelty West Virginia Chapter president, Emily Capehart.
Wegner explains how the idea to increase Ollie’s chances for adoption came about:
Emily was my prom date but I had an idea for a double date. What if we brought photos of shelter dogs in danger, one from LA and one from WV as our double dates and brought them to prom.
Capehart brought a photo of an at-risk dog, and Wegner did as well. The couple brought photos of their canine dates, and it was a hit with everyone in attendance.
One of the dogs was quickly rescued, but Ollie, though receiving a lot of networking, was still in danger as of Friday night.
Yesterday, news of his adoption was released, much to the relief of those who had been working to save his life.
Wegner posted this heartfelt thank you with the news on Saturday afternoon:
OLLIE HAS A HOME!!!
My heartfelt thanks to Raleigh County Humane Society Shelter Director Miss Pam Romansic (in the photo) and Board member Miss Erica Stock and committee for sending back the gas when it was delivered for their gas chamber. WOW…Thank you so very much!!! Thanks for holding on to Ollie (Ol Man) as long as you could. I think you knew his forever home was coming!
Death row dogs to prom – an idea that perhaps other teens might consider for dogs in their own towns.
Visibility, and networking, saves lives. Great job to everyone involved in saving Ollie.
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