What’s in a Name?
When the ASPCA entered Aurora’s life, things started looking up. The six-year-old hound mix had been living in a filthy, overcrowded “shelter” in Tennessee when our Field Investigations and Response Team arrived to take her to safety in June 2010.
Aurora was taken to ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in NYC, where she received treatment for a severe case of heartworm, as well as lots of love and socialization from ASPCA staff members. Though she came to us a shy dog wary of the sounds of the city, during her year at the ASPCA, Aurora blossomed into a goofy social butterfly and staff favorite.
Although Aurora became available for adoption in February 2011, the senior dog still hadn’t found a home by July. Then David Cruz and his wife saw her on ASPCA.org, and her life changed for the better once again! Mrs. Cruz, whose name just so happens to be Aurora, was tickled by the serendipity of the matching names. “I guess you can call it fate,” says David, “and there was just something about Aurora, on top of the fact that she was adorable.”
David Cruz went to visit Aurora and “once I saw her, my heart just melted,” he says. “The first thing I said was, ‘I gotta get my wife down here.’” When the Cruzes learned that Aurora had been at the ASPCA for more than a year, David says, “that just made us want her more. We wanted to give her a home and a place where she could be loved.”
Upon arriving at the Cruzes’ house, Aurora sniffed around a little, then found a cozy place and made herself at home as if she’d lived there for years. The Cruzes are in love with their newest family member and couldn’t be happier to have their new dog—who is still named Aurora!
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