I knew nothing of Ella’s history. I had no idea she was something of a celebrity having been in Prescott Living Magazine, The Daily Courier and a special friend of Leza Live & Local on Magic 99.1!
My girlfriend at the time saw her on her FB feed and showed her to me, and I knew. I knew she was my dog.
Now, let me say that we had just arrived in Prescott the day before having driven 18 hours straight from Montana. Jamie had never been to Yavapai Humane Society’s Facebook page, had never heard of the place, but yet it kept coming up as she was scrolling through looking for a job!
Once I read Ella’s story, we jumped in the truck and headed to the shelter. We were greeted as we pulled in by a gentleman who asked if we had an appointment. I said, “No,” but Jamie piped up and said, “We’re here for Ella.”
The man teared up and instantly opened the gate. Before we could get out of my truck, we were greeted by another person who said, “Are you here for Ella?” I said, “Yes,” and this man teared up.
Ella came to me like we’d known each other forever. It was like Ella decided right then and there I was her new human.
The entire staff made adopting Ella one of the easiest things I’d ever done! They were all amazing and all in tears. I’ve been in a lot of humane societies and shelters throughout the country, and I have to say that this is the cleanest (and best smelling) shelter I’ve been in. Also, I’ve never seen a group of staff members care so deeply about their animals.
Every employee working that day came to say goodbye to Ella. We put her in the truck (up front of course), and she sat in the middle just as happy as a dog could be.
We had only been driving for a few minutes when Ella leaned in toward me and gave me kisses on my arm. When I looked down, we made eye contact. That’s when the tears came from my eyes. She just needed someone to love her, and I AM THAT SOMEONE!
Jamie and I aren’t together anymore, but through it all, I had Ella! She seemed to understand that I needed her. I will always be grateful to Jamie for finding Ella for me.
Ella’s certainly not a puppy because she’s roughly 9 years old, and apparently that’s a big deal for a dog hoping to be adopted. Ella is active, which keeps me active. We have our time together outdoors and, in the car, and then we have our time just chilling out together watching a movie or her cuddling with me as I read. I think it’s a shame people don’t consider adopting older dogs.
When I went to Yavapai Humane Society that day, all I wanted to do was rescue a doggie in need. BUT she has saved me every bit as much as I saved her. You can rest assured that Ella’s final chapters are going to be happy ones!
This is what Yavapai Humane Society does: They care, they love, and they want to make sure every animal in their care finds a home like Ella did with me! Thank you, Yavapai Humane Society, for taking such good care of my girl until she could be home sweet home with ME!