Kai the Shar-Pei was abandoned at a train station in Scotland on Jan. 2, left with a suitcase that contained his favorite toy, pillow and bowl.
After being rescued by the Scottish SPCA, Kai’s story, and wrinkled face, went viral. Dozens of offers to adopt Kai came in from around the world, but he's going home with Ian Russell, 52, of Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire.
“When I heard about Kai, I knew the little guy needed a break but I never thought in a million years I'd get him,” Russell told the Daily Mail.
“I called the Scottish SPCA just to check he was OK and see if there was anything I could do to help. Fast-forward a few weeks and here I am taking him home. I honestly think it was meant to be.”
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Just before Christmas, Russell’s pet Dalmatian died. He said adopting Kai was like winning the lottery,
Kai will join Russell, a self-employed hydraulic engineer, on the job. “I work all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, driving wherever I'm needed in my van. Kai will come with me and when it's appropriate I'll let him out to run around and play safely while I work,” he said. “Then we'll jump back into the van together and head to the next place. We'll be able to hang out all the time.”
Scottish SPCA animal care assistant Alan Grant said, “Kai's story was really sad and many people likened him to Paddington Bear, given he was found alone at a railway station with his suitcase.
“One of the reasons we chose Ian was right from the start he said he was interested in rehoming Kai but he would take our advice if we thought one of the many other dogs in our care would suit him better.”
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Grant added, “We know Kai will have a fantastic new life with Ian and we couldn't be happier for him.”