72-year-old Melani Andrews has children and grandchildren and plenty of love in her life.
Now Melani wanted to share some of that love with a four-legged friend who wasn’t as fortunate. So she stepped into Sacramento, California’s Front Street Animal Shelter and asked a question.
The granny wanted to adopt the oldest dog — one that no one else wanted.
“This kind woman walked into our shelter and asked who the oldest, hardest to adopt dog was,” the animal shelter writes on its Facebook page.
She was feeling really lonely and needed some company after losing her partner, and to make matters worse, her dog had passed away, as well.
“I was feeling down and a little depressed,” Melani told The Dodo. “My grandkids came over one night, and they said, ‘Grandma, you need somebody to keep you company. You can’t just sit around here all by yourself.’”
When Melani asked for the oldest dog at the shelter, the staff introduced her to Jake. Jake had lived there for a while. He was old and had been through it all — cancer and skin problems to name just two.
She immediately decided to adopt him.
“Melani came to the shelter not just to find a great dog, but to save a life and give unconditional love to a dog in need,” the shelter writes on its Facebook page.
The 12-year-old dog was allowed to go home with Melani.
Melani didn’t care that the veterinary costs would most likely be costly, considering Jake’s multiple conditions. Nor did she care that he was deaf and partially blind.
“Jake’s two friends ignored me, but Jake perked up and started howling,” Melani told The Dodo. “So I said, ‘It looks like he wants to go, and I’ll take him.’”
“Every day I laugh a little bit more,” she went on to say. “It’s not so lonesome. I think Jake knows that I love him because he’ll come over to me and he’ll rub up against me and ask me to rub his backside. And then he’ll nose me with his nose. And a dog that doesn’t know that somebody loves him wouldn’t be doing anything like that.”