Silverado and Sierra are brother and sister, living together since they were puppies. Their owners had them for 6 years before surrendering them to the shelter because of a divorce. Entering a shelter is always a stressful situation for any dog. Most reputable shelters will attempt to place a ‘bonded’ pair like Silverado and Sierra together, so as not to disrupt their lives any further.
Placing two large dogs like Silverado and Sierra together can be difficult. Usually adopters will be looking for just one dog, and many times have other animals, which means bringing in two dogs is not an option. During the summer, the shelter was getting over crowded and they were not having much luck finding a home together, so York SPCA reached out to Sedona for help.
After meeting Silverado and Sierra, it was clear how attached they were to each other. When we took Sierra for a separate walk, Silverado paced around the fenced in play area, waiting for her return. During play time, they would chase after the same toy together, never fighting over it and they would come up together waiting for a treat or more attention.
Silverado and Sierra were with Sedona for a little over 3 months, which is about the average amount of time a dog stays in our program before finding a forever home. Although initially, we had some inquiries into adopting them together, most people that contacted us were interested in one or the other but not both. In rescue, patience can be a virtue and the wait for the right home that would keep them together paid off. We received an inquiry from a family that had recently lost their 6 year old German Shepherd after a year of intensive care for many medical issues. They had a hole in their lives and Silverado and Sierra were soon to fill it.
Despite living about 6 hours away from Silverado and Sierra, their new owners were committed and willing to make the trip to give Silverado and Sierra a forever home. Their new home included another friendly dog, a fenced in yard, an active household and two loving owners.