By Mollie Mansfield
This is the adorable moment a pooch that was rescued from a Korean ‘high kill’ shelter met his parents for the first time.
After finding Bunny’s Buddies rescue group online, Shelly Miller, 25, couldn’t say no to adopting Butters the, estimated, two-year-old golden retriever after he was saved from a high kill shelter in Korea.
Once they were accepted, Shelly and her partner, Jacob Bohr, 27, waited for two long weeks to be united with the pooch – after he endured a 15 hour flight to Chicago, from Korea.
When the dog arrived, Shelly, a clinical researcher, couldn’t contain her excitement to meet him and quickly untied his crate to pander to him as soon as possible.
Upon leaving the crate, Butters can be seen laying on Shelly’s feet – tail wagging – showing pure complacence and finally a feeling of being safe.
Shelly, from West Branch, Iowa, said: “Finally getting to meet Butters was very, very emotional – I cried, smiled, laughed and my boyfriend did as well.
“When we first met Butters, he just dropped to my feet and wagged his tail like he knew we were taking him home.
“He had two adoptions fall through before, so it was as though he finally felt safe and that he had found his forever home.
“It was an unreal experience to say the least.
“Now, he’s flourishing at home and getting on really well with my other golden retriever, five-year-old Lily.
“He doesn’t have any training, so were working on basic commands and potty training right now.
“But he’s the sweetest, most loving boy and seems to be settling in really well – he loves to nap on the couch and he’s been obsessed with his new toys.”
Despite fitting into the family well, Shelly explains that his life was not always destined to be this way and that – if he hadn’t been saved by her family and Bunny’s Buddies – he would have died.
She said: “We believe he was a street dog that was abused and starved – he only weighed 55 pounds when we got him, and he should have been 80.
“He was also heart worm positive, which is very common in these dogs due to the climate and lack of treatment for these diseases.
“I personally think he endured abuse based on his reactions to certain things since we got him, but that’s just a guess – there’s no way to know for sure exactly everything they go through.
“But all that matters is that he is safe now and we will do anything we can to give him the best life possible.
“To be able to save a dog is a great feeling, and it’s definitely something that more people should be looking into especially as there is every breed and personality available to save.”