The Herald Bulletin

August 31, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Lola gets a second chance with a new buddy

The Herald Bulletin

---- — About a year ago, a family came to the Animal Protection League to surrender their red nose pit bull, Lola. They told us they had lost their home and could not keep her. They seemed very attached to the dog so I suggested the Saving Max Foster program if they were going to want her back in the future. They assured me that they did, so arrangements were made.

Lovely Lola went to prison after she was vaccinated and spayed. Staff and offenders alike fell in love with this sweet dog. We had her about 9 months before she went back to her owners. They assured me that they had a home where they could have her and keep her inside and were willing and able to take care of her. With tears and concerns we said goodbye to Lola.

A month ago we started getting calls about a pit bull who was either chained outside to a dog house or running loose. I was told she had been in one of my programs; her name was Lola. I was also told that she cried a lot.

I was sure they were mistaken; the owners loved Lola and would not chain her outside on a log chain. I drove to the address to see for myself. It was in fact Lola chained to her dog house at the back of the property. Alone. This wonderful dog who loved people and other dogs was isolated and chained. I was sick. Legally there was not much to be done; she had food water and shelter. I told them we would gladly take her back. They wanted to keep her.

The good news is that the owners had incurred numerous tickets concerning Lola and they did not want to or could not pay them. They were given the option to pay the fines and keep their dog or to give up their dog and not pay the fines. We got Lola back. They did not seem all that upset to lose this wonderful dog.

She was a little worse for wear; had lost a bit of her "polish" but she was still the same sweet Lola underneath it all. I was about to take her back to the Correctional Industrial Facility when the people who adopted our Tony, a majestic brown and white pit bull, came back for a playmate for him. Tony had been abandoned in a house. My first thought was Lola.

We went to the play yard where Tony and Lola fell in love at first sight and their human adopters were right behind them. As they drove off, Tony and Lola's big smiling pit heads were hanging out the truck windows; it was as if they were laughing. Lola and Tony both get a second chance and they get to spend it together with two great humans. It doesn't get any better than this.

Come find your own feline or canine Lola or Tony. Save a life — make a difference. Adopt a shelter animal. They will love you unconditionally.

Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at