It began with a Fb put up by Pleasure Ollinger, a Humane Officer on the San Diego County Division of Animal Providers in Carlsbad.
To present them the eye they wanted, Ollinger posted footage of pups able to be adopted from their shelter, including how they’d make wonderful pets in her caption.
One of many pups ready for a ceaselessly dwelling was Harvey, a husky round two years previous with a facial deformity, giving him an endearing and lopsided grin.
Whereas most discovered this facial deformity cute and distinctive, others thought it was “ugly.”
Harvey arrived on the Carlsbad shelter in September 2022, trying skinny and soiled. Harvey was named after the DC Comics character Harvey Dent due to his crooked smile. (Within the comedian, Harvey later turned Two-Face, one among Batman’s many archenemies.)
In line with Ollinger, Harvey was examined by veterinarians. The facial deformity is most definitely attributable to being bitten when Harvey was a younger pet. The excellent news is that it doesn’t hassle or harm Harvey.
However sadly, Harvey’s facial deformity appears to hassle potential adopters.
In line with Ollinger, individuals would stroll previous Harvey and never give him a re-examination. She even heard individuals commenting he was ugly due to his facial deformity.
Ollinger added that Harvey was not requested to be taken out for interplay or a potential adoption all the time he was within the shelter.
It made them unhappy for Harvey, whom they liked very a lot, as a result of they knew how candy, brilliant, and quiet this pet with a lopsided grin was.
Harvey loves to hunt consideration and sometimes lies by Ollinger’s toes in her workplace. Each time she would kind on her laptop, Harvey liked to place his entrance paw up and take a look at the keyboard. An excellent and humorous canine, certainly!
Furthermore, he’s a mellow canine who will get together with different canines. He additionally loves treats. Even with a facial deformity, Harvey has a lot love to provide.
This drove Ollinger to create a Fb put up about Harvey’s outstanding character, crooked smile, how a lot he needed to provide, and why he needs to be given an opportunity.
Luckily, Ollinger’s Fb put up caught the eye of a household dwelling in Woodinville, Washington.
It was love at first sight for Sherry Lankston, 41 years previous. She shortly responded to the Fb put up, even when she was positioned over 1,000 miles away from the shelter.
In line with Sherry, as soon as she noticed Harvey’s foolish grin, she knew they needed to meet him. She discovered Harvey so wonky and lovely.
She jokingly informed her husband they’d already discovered their second canine. They’d been on the lookout for one other canine so their first canine, River, would have a good friend. However nothing appeared to click on.
Whereas she wasn’t actively on the lookout for a canine to undertake when she noticed the Fb put up, Sherry discovered it laborious to withstand Harvey’s candy face and goofy smile.
She solely noticed the cutest canine ever. Not a canine with a facial deformity.
After interested by it some extra, Sherry knew that Harvey was the proper canine for his or her household. He was the one.
Sherry instantly reached out to Ollinger about her want to undertake Harvey. Inside three days, she and her two youngsters, Harrison, 7, and Fionnlagh, 4, plus their canine, River, have been on a street journey to Carlsbad.
Sherry additionally knew Harvey may very well be adopted earlier than she and her household arrived in San Diego. But it surely was a threat Sherry was keen to take. In spite of everything, there’s nothing unhappy about Harvey discovering somebody who will undertake him.
A street journey to San Diego can be excellent, anyway. It’s been some time because the Lankston household visited their associates and favourite locations there.
So, Sherry drove 2,600 miles for over six days simply to see Harvey in particular person and produce him to his ceaselessly dwelling.
Every thing turned out nice for Harvey and the Lankston household. On their first assembly, Harvey instantly took to Sherry’s youngsters. Harvey obtained alongside rather well with River, too.
The next day, Sherry’s husband, Robert, flew to Carlsbad to fulfill Harvey, who simply walked as much as him and leaned towards his legs like they have been previous associates.
The next morning, a Saturday, Harvey started the lengthy journey again dwelling along with his new household.
For Ollinger, parting with Harvey was bittersweet. However she and Sherry had turn out to be associates, and the latter had been sending textual content messages, images, and movies of Harvey nearly daily.
Since Sherry introduced Harvey dwelling, she has realized extra about Harvey’s rescue story. Somebody who noticed Harvey’s story on Fb reached out to her and shared how they have been driving their ATVs within the desert and noticed Harvey below a bush with two feminine huskies.
Harvey saved the lives of the 2 feminine huskies by serving to them observe the ATV again to the automobile so that they may very well be rescued. The canines adopted them for miles, they usually had no leashes on.
The group who helped Harvey and the 2 feminine canines introduced them again to their camp to feed them strawberries and hen hamburger patties.
Since Harvey’s been dwelling along with his new household, he has thrived and is fortunately settled in with the children and different animals, together with a snail and 4 cats.
Ollinger hopes that Harvey’s unbelievable story will encourage adopters to look past an animal’s flaws. Examine Suzie’s adoption story or this shelter canine’s emotional thanks. All of them want a household to like them and a loving dwelling the place they’ll really feel secure. All of them deserve an opportunity.
The San Diego Division of Animal Providers shelter homes roughly 110 canines at a time. Oftentimes, the shelter reaches its full capability.
Assist save the animals’ lives by giving them a ceaselessly dwelling. Undertake a canine like Harvey immediately. The shelter is open to the general public for a go to, and you may stroll in or set an appointment.