Introducing Higgins, a senior German shepherd who has spent nearly his entire life behind kennel bars at the Humane Society of Preble County because no one wants to take him home as a pet. In addition to the fact that the shelter was not ready to give up on him, the most significant reason was that Higgins had never given up on finding a forever home of his own.

He was brought to the shelter when he was a young puppy and was adopted almost shortly after that. Although his first home provided him with a comfortable environment, Higgins found himself back at the shelter. Introducing Higgins, a senior German shepherd who has spent nearly his entire life behind kennel bars at the Humane Society of Preble County because no one wants to take him home as a pet. In addition to the fact that the shelter was not ready to give up on him, the most significant reason was that Higgins had never given up on finding a forever home of his own.

He was brought to the shelter when he was a young puppy and was adopted almost shortly after that. However, Higgins’ first home was not a happy place for him, and in 2012, he returned to the shelter for help. “We were told he was nothing more than a dog locked to a dog home,” Renner said in an interview with The Dodo. It was he who brought in the stray dog a year later when someone came in with a stray dog.

Higgins had always hoped that the right person would come along and take him in, but he had been turned down time and time again by those who wanted him. After spending so much time in the shelter, everyone assumed Higgins was suffering from a medical condition. The fact that “his face usually had such a troubled look on it” made him seem menacing to Renner, even while the dog was in his kennel was not an issue for him. “People simply walked right past him.”

Fortunately, Higgins was reunited with his forever family after spending 2,381 days in the shelter. He was 22 years old when he met Higgins online and learned about his tale. He fell in love with him after seeing Higgins’ portrait online and learning about his biography. Reed realized at that moment that Higgins was the only dog he could ever have. “He was just a gorgeous dog,” Reed said in an interview with The Dodo. “He just appeared to be so adorable. The fact that he hasn’t been adopted baffles me.”

After seeing Reed step into the shelter and announce, “I’m here to take Higgins home,” Renner was taken aback. Higgins has finally found a father who loves him and who makes him feel safe on a daily basis after six and a half years. After that, he can sleep on a comfortable couch and watch television while running around in his own backyard and rolling in the grass.

Higgins will be a wonderful addition to Reed’s life, and we are overjoyed to have found out about him. We hope that you can feel the same excitement we do about Higgins!

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By Anna

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