It was when a man called Scott Poore, founder of Mission Driven, a clothing brand that aims to help shelter dogs, heard the news of a dog named Queen being stuck at the Great Plains SPCA for over 400 days, when he thought of the best way to help and comfort her..and that was by him moving in with her.
Queen had been living on the streets in Kansas City, Missouri before she had been rescued and which meant her start to life wasn’t the best.
“We don’t have much history on her, but the one thing we do know is she was found living in a dumpster in a really bad part of town”
“So we assume her life couldn’t have been much better than that. That was pretty sad, but they were definitely happy that they were able to catch her and get her to the shelter.”
Most of the people were sure that Queen would find a home straight away but sadly, she didn’t.
The second Scott heard of her situation, he stepped in.
“They told me all the different ways they tried to get her adopted, and none of them had worked”
“So I thought, ‘I need to do something really outrageous to draw attention toward Queen.’ And that’s when I came up with the idea of moving into the shelter, which I’ve never done before. I pitched the idea to the animal shelter. They said, ‘This is crazy, but this might just work.’”
It was recently when Scott wheeled a suitcase into the shelter and unpacked his things in Queen’s kennel. He was ready to move in.
“I got a little desk and little chair”
“I went to the store and got a couple of pictures. I bought a plant, and of course, we found … the largest bed you can get for a dog, but it’s definitely not large enough for a human. But [it’s] the best that I could do, so that’s my bed. I put a calendar up, and just tried to make the room a little bit more like a home. It looks like a dorm room.”
Queen loved her new roommate.
“She loves it”
“She’s getting a lot of attention. We’re getting lots of visitors, some of which are here to see Queen, and some of which, I honestly think, want to see the strange guy who moved into the animal shelter.”
“She’s what I’d call a people’s dog,” Poore added. “She would much rather be with her favorite human being than any other animal. So she’s in heaven with me being near.”
Scott hoped he’d be able to work on his laptop in the kennel, but Queen always wants to play so that makes it a little difficult for him.
“She loves playing with the tennis ball, she loves playing tug-of-war”
“I describe her as an all-or-nothing kind of dog, meaning she’s going to play like crazy with you until she’s so exhausted that she tips over and falls asleep.”
It’s not being the easiest thing for Scott to live in the shelter.
“I love her to death, but this is not the best place I’ve spent a few days at … and this is a very nice shelter”
“I’ve got a new respect for animals who live in the shelter.”
“When the lights go off and all the employees leave, you would think that that’s the time when the shelter finally gets quiet, but what I’ve learned is that it’s never quiet”
“There’s always somebody barking, which triggers other dogs barking. There’s not a lot of rest for the animals, and there’s definitely not a lot of rest for me. I don’t think any of these animals get a deep sleep until they’re out of the building.”
Scott spent a total of eight days living in Queen’s kennel and it was the best thing he did as one Tuesday afternoon, Queen was officially adopted by a local family.
“It’s been an emotional roller coaster the last week, and putting my life on hold has been quite the challenge, but it’s all been worth it for Queen”
“A week ago very few people even knew that she existed and now the whole world has fallen in love with her. I’m proud to have played a role in finding her a forever home.”
Scott is so happy he could help this lovely dog.
“There are dogs like her all over in animal shelters”
“It’s not like the shelters are neglecting these animals, but they’ve been forgotten because they’ve been there for so long … and when your kennel card says ‘400 days,’ that doesn’t attract potential adopters. They immediately think there’s something wrong.”
Scott is very much looking forward to going home again and sleeping in his own bed but is open to doing the same thing for another dog..
How amazing is that?