Husky with lopsided face finds his forever family, and they drove over 2,000 miles just to get him

It began with a Fb submit by Pleasure Ollinger, a Humane Officer on the San Diego County Division of Animal Providers in Carlsbad.

To provide them the eye they wanted, Ollinger posted footage of pups able to be adopted from their shelter, including how they might make glorious pets in her caption.

One of many pups ready for a ceaselessly house was Harvey, a husky round two years outdated with a facial deformity, giving him an endearing and lopsided grin.

Harvey was called 'ugly' because of his crooked smile.

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, certainly one of Batman’s many archenemies.)

In keeping with Ollinger, Harvey was examined by veterinarians. The facial deformity is almost definitely as a result of being bitten when Harvey was a younger pet. The excellent news is that it doesn’t trouble or damage Harvey.

The Lankston family from Washington who drove thousands of miles to meet and bring home Harvey

However sadly, Harvey’s facial deformity appears to trouble potential adopters.

In keeping with Ollinger, folks would stroll previous Harvey and never give him a re-evaluation. She even heard folks 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 the complete 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, shiny, and quiet this pet with a lopsided grin was.

It was love at first meeting for the Lankston family and Harvey

Harvey loves to hunt consideration and sometimes lies by Ollinger’s ft in her workplace. At any time when she would kind on her laptop, Harvey liked to place his entrance paw up and take a look at the keyboard. A superb 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 submit about Harvey’s outstanding persona, crooked smile, how a lot he needed to provide, and why he needs to be given an opportunity. 

Happily, Ollinger’s Fb submit caught the eye of a household residing in Woodinville, Washington. 

Harvey and River finally meet

It was love at first sight for Sherry Lankston, 41 years outdated. She rapidly responded to the Fb submit, even when she was situated over 1,000 miles away from the shelter.  

In keeping 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 that they had already discovered their second canine. They’d been on the lookout for one other canine so their first canine, River, would have a buddy. However nothing appeared to click on. 

Whereas she wasn’t actively on the lookout for a canine to undertake when she noticed the Fb submit, Sherry discovered it exhausting 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, had been on a highway journey to Carlsbad.

Sherry additionally knew Harvey could possibly be adopted earlier than she and her household arrived in San Diego. Nevertheless it was a danger Sherry was keen to take. In any case, there’s nothing unhappy about Harvey discovering somebody who will undertake him. 

A highway journey to San Diego can be good, anyway. It’s been some time because the Lankston household visited their mates and favourite locations there. 

So, Sherry drove 2,600 miles for over six days simply to see Harvey in individual and convey him to his ceaselessly house.

Joy Ollinger with the Lankston family at the Carlsbad shelter

All the pieces turned out nice for Harvey and the Lankston household. On their first assembly, Harvey instantly took to Sherry’s youngsters. Harvey received 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 had been outdated mates.

The next morning, a Saturday, Harvey started the lengthy journey again house together with his new household.

For Ollinger, parting with Harvey was bittersweet. However she and Sherry had develop into mates, and the latter had been sending textual content messages, photographs, and movies of Harvey virtually each day.  

Since Sherry introduced Harvey house, 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 had been driving their ATVs within the desert and noticed Harvey underneath 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 automotive so that they could possibly be rescued. The canines adopted them for miles, and so they 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.

Meet Harvey the Husky with the unique lopsided grin

Since Harvey’s been house together with his new household, he has thrived and is fortunately settled in with the youngsters and different animals, together with a snail and 4 cats.

Ollinger hopes that Harvey’s unimaginable 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 house the place they will 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 house. Undertake a canine like Harvey right this moment. The shelter is open to the general public for a go to, and you’ll stroll in or set an appointment.