Back from Afghanistan, a veteran adopts on Memorial Day


The Rescue U volunteers had barely completed the meet-and-greet pens at the Humane Society of Jefferson County when the Diaz family stopped by the shelter looking to adopt a dog on Memorial Day.


The Diazes meet Charlie.

It was only fitting, on this patriotic holiday, that the dad had just come home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. While he was there, his platoon worked in partnership with a K-9 unit, which he said was a huge comfort. The family was looking for a medium-sized dog who would go on jogs and enjoy playing with the children.

Though we’d been here only a week, we knew just who to introduce them to. Charlie is a young Lab mix with a sweet, loving soul. I got to introduce them at his kennel and the sparks flew.

It was so wonderful to say, “Can I take you to our new meet-and-greet area? We just built it for the shelter.” The Diazes and Charlie played and bonded, and the family was soon filling out preliminary adoption papers. So today, another pet started to make his way home, and everyone here was bolstered to see their efforts really work. Awesome!

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