Willie

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Eight-year-old Willie found himself at Lionel's Legacy, one of Grey Muzzle's amazing grantees, after his owner could no longer care for him. Willie arrived in need of some care, including dental work and blood tests. Thanks to a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization, Willie got the care he needed and was soon ready for the search for his new forever home. Thankfully he didn't need to wait long to meet his perfect match—actually perfect matches!

Within a week of posting his picture to the Lionel's Legacy website, Willie got an adoption application from a couple who lived only a few miles down the road. The couple was in their 80's and received daily check-ins from family members who lived nearby. When Lionel's Legacy's adoption coordinator called to talk to the family, the first question the couple's daughter asked was, "Would you even consider my mom and dad to adopt Willie considering their age?" She went on to explain that her parents had always had pets and they'd been feeling sad and lost since their last dog died recently.

Being a senior rescue, Lionel's Legacy appreciates the mutual benefits companionship brings to people and dogs--no matter the age of either. The couple turned out to be a great fit for Willie, and he was soon on his way down the road to his brand new home. Today Willie gets to hear from his new dad the latest news about how the San Diego Chargers and Padres are doing. He loves helping his new mom in the garden where he's learning about all the different types of roses she plants.

Laura Oliver, founder of Lionel's Legacy sums it up, "We couldn't have asked for a happier ending and are so grateful to get the opportunity to play matchmaker. Thanks to our Always Home program funded by The Grey Muzzle Organization, we can make happy endings like these possible. It's a win-win for everyone!"