Millie the Mastiff: A Before and After Adoption Story

Here at Friendship APL we see a lot of medical cases, abuse stories and emergency situations walk through the door. We are not always able to save everyone, but when we do, we like to share those stories. That way supporters, like you, are able to see how your contributions, whether it be a donation, volunteering, adopting or simply just sharing our posts, can have an impact on an animal’s life. This article is about Millie the Mastiff. Millie came to us as an emaciated stray with nowhere to call home. You’ll see how Millie is now thriving in a new home, where she is the center of attention. 

Millie originally came to Friendship APL on April 16th, 2022. Our humane officers brought her to our shelter after being found in Lorain wandering the streets. Millie was clearly emaciated, sick and needed our help. After spending time at our partner veterinary clinic, it was determined that Millie needed a foster home where she could gain weight, and get better outside of our shelter. That is when FAPL Foster Janet stepped up and took Millie to her home. Here is what Janet would like to say about her foster experience with Millie:

“Millie came to me at 68 pounds. She was very lethargic and slept a lot. Within the first 2 days she and I had a very strong bond. Me thinking because I’m feeding her small meals 5 times a day. The longer I had her I realized this was not true. Even with the bad life she had, she was such a loving dog and was definitely looking for her forever human. It broke my heart that I wasn’t going to be that person. As time went on her personality started to come out. She was just a big goofy dog. She loved to lay in the sun & roll around in the backyard. Short walks were one of her top hobbies. Car rides were her favorite treat. Toys were something she loved to hoard on her bed. Bones were the same. Millie learned to sit and shake with treats very quickly. She loved being rewarded. For a little over 2 months I was proud to be her person. And I was proud to say I helped find her forever family too. Millie was adopted by a great family and I still get to see her. I believe foster dogs are appreciative. Millie didn’t even need to be on a leash, she just kept close to her humans. She’s like that with her adoptive family now. She’s now 95lbs, living her best life which is something she totally deserves.”

We want to thank Janet, Millie’s foster for providing photos and insight into how Millie has gotten to where she is now. We also want to thank Millie’s new adopter for providing her a safe place, where she will never have to worry about not being wanted. Millie is one of the many before/after adoption stories that make us, in animal welfare, proud of what we do. We are grateful to know that Millie will now have a home that loves her as much as she deserves to be loved.