Stories about love are important. Here's a good one. And it's about a dog.
Last weekend, Ronnie Stanley, a newly drafted NFL player, arrived at a Baltimore animal shelter with a heartwarming, unusual request. The Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle made the trip to the shelter with his girlfriend and teammate, Alexander Lewis. Stanley is a Notre Dame graduate and was selected sixth overall in the 2016 NFL draft.
Stanley and his girlfriend checked into the shelter and told the staff:
We are looking for a dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable.
The staff at BARCS was elated. They explained in a Facebook post that ‘not-so-adoptable’ can mean a lot of things at their shelter. Senior pets, physically imperfect pets, pets with on-going medical conditions and more all can have a hard time getting adopted.
Stanley and his girlfriend didn’t take long to fall in love with Winter. Winter is six-years-old and she won the heart of two loving owners. This could be the best thing that has ever happened to her.
Beautiful Winter is a dog who has spent most of her six years of life falling into sad, unfortunate situations. She was found on a vacant property, on a hot day with no electricity or open windows. She was dehydrated and extremely frightened. Winter has a long, hanging belly, mostly likely a result of over breeding--something we see far too often at our shelter. Due to her age, her belly is not something that will ever tighten up. Female dogs with such characteristics are often passed by in our shelter - but not by Ronnie!
Ronnie has nothing but love for Winter's belly, saying:
Well, that’s just what happens when you’ve had babies.
In the Facebook post, the shelter went on to recognize the good deed that reaches far beyond giving a loving home to a discarded pup.
We are so proud to have amazing guys like Ronnie to be role models to the kids in our city. Not only does his single act of kindness make adoption cool, but it makes giving love to an imperfectly perfect dog a ‘manly’ thing to do.
Stanley’s teammate, Alexander Lewis, also helped out the BARCS staff carry large bags of dog food while the couple was taking an adopter class.
Stanley posted a picture of his newest family member to social media on Friday. It looks like the newly named Lola couldn't be happier.
The BARCS Shelter has lots of great animals just like Lola who need a new home! So does your local shelter if you're not in Baltimore! H/T NBC4i, Facebook, Bark Post