A Cross Country Journey to Save Shep

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STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There isn’t much an owner wouldn’t do for his four-legged friend, who’s usually more like family. But one man in the Poconos made a big journey for a dog he’s never even met before.

Meet 3-year-old Shep. Two years ago, his family decided to get rid of him. They brought Shep to Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM), where another family adopted him.

“And he found his, what we thought was, his forever home,” says Kim Loffio, AWSOM shelter manager.

But last month the Stroudsburg shelter got a chilling call. Shep had been dumped once again, this time at a kill shelter in Oregon. And he didn’t have much time to live.

AWSOM wanted to get Shep back to Stroudsburg before it was too late. But no one could make the trip out to Oregon. Then one man stepped forward.

“I just said ‘lets go, I’m down. Let’s roll’!” says Bill Spies of Reeders.

Bill Spies volunteers at the Stroudsburg shelter. He had never traveled outside Pennsylvania. But Bill got in his truck and made the cross-country trip, with his sights set on meeting Shep for the first time and rescuing him.

Bill says, “I just hit the highway. And when I got tired, I stopped. “

The kill shelter said Shep was aggressive and a danger to society. But Bill saw very a different side.

“He’s calm, he’s mellow. He’s very protective I would say,” says Bill.

Six thousand miles later, Bill and his new friend Shep are back home in Stroudsburg.

“We knew he was a good dog and we wanted to get him home,” adds Loffio.

Bill tells us right now he’s fostering Shep. He isn’t sure if the pup will go up for adoption again or become part of his own family. Friends raised more than $1,000 dollars to pay for Bill’s gas to and from Oregon.
Bill decided to donate that money to AWSOM animal shelter.

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