The combination of local news coverage and the rediscovery of a heartbreaking letter written by his original owners finally resulted in a permanent home for Roofus, a sweet Weimaraner mix who was surrendered to a Bradenton, Florida animal shelter six years ago.
Now 10 years old, Roofus was adopted twice since he was brought to Bishop Animal Shelter in October, 2010, but unfortunately, he was returned both times. Shelter staff recently came across a letter his original owners had included when they were forced to bring him there for financial reasons.
The letter, hand-written in 2010 in first person as though Roofus wrote it himself, reads:
My name is Roofus. My family loves me very much but they have fallen on hard times. My daddy lost his job a year ago and can’t find a new one. My mommy tells me they have to downsize to a smaller apartment and can’t afford to keep me. I will miss my two-legged siblings so much. They keep crying and hugging me, begging mommy and daddy not to take me back to the shelter. I remember being at the shelter before. Your staff is very kind and nothing compares to a family. My family is very sad to give me back to Bishop but they know you’ll find me a new family that will love me just as much. They’re including my bed and favorite toys. Please find me a good home.
According to News Channel 8, Karen Duffy saw the segment on Roofus when it aired and "froze in her tracks." She said she was immediately in love and the very next morning she drove the almost two hours to the shelter and brought Roofus home to live with her and her husband. Duffy thanked the news station for having Roofus on the broadcast, since she wouldn't have found him otherwise, and claims she's the "lucky one."
He’s adjusting quite well. Roofus now has a backyard to play in, a huge bed, and a family that loves him. He’s also grown very attached to Duffy, and she’s very thankful she watched the news that day.