MANSFIELD - Two sisters walked into the Animal Care Sanctuary, a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter, after a picture in the newspaper captured their attention.
Colleen Marshall and Debbie Marshall Wayman, both residents of Litchfield, lost their rottweiler, Leo, last spring.
"Leo had been in our family for 16 years," Colleen explained. "So when he passed away from heart failure, we really felt as though we lost one of our family members. It was a really hard time."
They were hesitant at searching for a new dog right away. However, both are avid animal lovers and decided they were ready to fill the void that their beloved Leo had left behind last spring.
While browsing through the newspaper, "we saw Salina's picture in the paper along with eight other dog's pictures. We immediately wanted her because we were afraid no one would adopt her because of her age. She just looked so sweet," Colleen said.
"We also picked Salina because her previous owners had to go into senior housing and could not keep her any longer," Debbie explained.
So began Salina's adoption process from the Animal Care Sanctuary.
"The process is pretty smooth. They did do a home screening to make sure that we had the right kind of home for her," Colleen said. "I was very impressed that they had an on-sight veterinarian and on-sight grooming."
When Colleen and Debbie picked up Salina, she was just as excited as they were.
"She greeted us with a wagging tail and was real willing to go with us. She was ready to go home," Colleen said.
"Dogs have a calming effect on you and they just ground you. You can get great dogs at the Animal Care Sanctuary and these animals need great and loving homes."
Salina, an 11 year old Labrador mix, is now thoroughly enjoying her brand new home.
Showered with love and land to play and run, Salina seems to have transitioned very smoothly.
"She was a little bit confused for the first week or two, but now she has really bonded with us," Colleen said.
"Salina loves her walks and meeting with the neighbor's dogs," Debbie said.
Both sisters are happy with their new addition to the family and look forward to making many memories with Salina in the future.
"We would definitely recommend the Animal Care Sanctuary if you are interested in adopting a new pet. They have a great staff and the animals are very well taken care of."
Anyone interested in adopting a pet, visit the Animal Care Sanctuary located in East Smithfield and Wellsboro or visit www.animalcaresanctuary.org.
The Animal Care Sanctuary is a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter that opened in 1967 in Tom's River, N.J.
After moving from Tom's River and opening offices in Wellsboro and East Smithfield, the Animal Care Sanctuary is now the nation's fourth largest no-kill sanctuary.
Wellsboro adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.
East Smithfield adoption hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.