Have you ever experienced love at first sight? Officer Rodger Nolan of the Columbus, Ohio, police department has.
In early November, he responded to a car accident and saved a 4-month-old lab-pit bull mix after he was trapped underneath a seat in the vehicle. A few weeks later, the dog’s owner decided to give her away, and Officer Nolan spotted the puppy on the Franklin County Dog Shelter's website.
“The folks [at Franklin County Dog Shelter] brought her into the visitation area and they let her down, and she came right over and she sat on my feet like she did [the day of the accident]” Nolan said.
Nolan and his wife, Brenda, decided to adopt the dog and name her Camden. Camden gets along well with Nolan’s other dogs, including a 4-year-old great dane named Shea, and Wrigley, a 10-year-old boxer.
Nolan said the dog has changed their lives for the better, and recommends the shelter highly to all those seeking a new furry friend.
“They have great dogs from what we saw there that day,” Nolan said. Camden was adopted on Tuesday – just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Columbus Police Department shared their story on their Facebook page, and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
“Love reading the stories of great compassion for animals in need of love and attention,” wrote Lynne Hard. “This pup is adorable! Thanks Officer Nolan for opening your heart!”
According to the Humane Society, “an estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues.” Every year, 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters.