FOTAS Packages Coordinator Kathy Jacobs knew Scott Albrecht and Harvey had been meant to be collectively. When she first noticed Harvey arrive on the Aiken County Animal Shelter, she someway divined that this good-looking, long-haired black and brown canine was the proper match for him.
Harvey was discovered as a hungry stray at a Shell gasoline station in Williston and was dropped at the shelter by a Good Samaritan. After mourning the demise of his final canine, Shimmie, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever he adopted as a pup, Scott thought he was lastly able to discover a new canine companion. Shimmie suffered a large stroke when she was about 15 years outdated and Scott was having hassle getting over her.
“I had been with no canine for a while and once I met Harvey on the shelter, he instantly received on his again and needed me to rub his tummy, so we hit it off immediately,” Scott stated. “Harvey helped me carry closure to Shimmie’s passing.”
Scott’s mom, Joan Irvine, additionally fell in love with Harvey. She stated she and her husband Wealthy take pleasure in babysitting the affectionate canine when Scott has to work 12-hour shifts as a manufacturing operator at Owens Corning in Aiken.
Joan Irvine has labored straight with rescues and shelters for greater than 20 years, most just lately as a FOTAS volunteer. Earlier than the pandemic raised its ugly head, she introduced adoptable Aiken County shelter canines to the Aiken Petco practically each Friday to showcase them and discover them houses. She has been an animal advocate all her life and has had canines since she was a bit woman.
Her first canine was a stray fox terrier pet her mother rescued after they stopped for gasoline at a gasoline station. “My mom scooped her up and took her to the vet and she or he grew to become a part of the household,” she stated.
Though Joan and Wealthy have two canines of their very own, they love having Harvey round and deal with him sort of like a grandkid.
“Canine are supposed to be spoiled, for my part,” Joan stated. “Since I don’t get to exit like I used to due to COVID-19, it’s actually fantastic having him round.”
As a result of Harvey is such a peaceful, well-behaved, good boy, Scott plans to get him licensed as a remedy canine. Scott stated Harvey has a powerful nurturing intuition and appears know whether or not a stranger wants a hug or if he wants to present the individual some area. When Harvey sees youngsters, he’s cautious to not overwhelm them if they’re scared.
COVID-19 has made it a problem for Harvey to start his path towards visiting and being a therapeutic presence in VA hospitals, houses for abused youngsters and retirement houses. However Scott plans to enroll him in lessons quickly.
“Harvey’s unbelievable,” Joan stated. “There’s something about him. He makes you content.”
Their lives are in our arms.