January 19th, 2017, was the first night Mocha spent without Hazel by her side. It was also the first night Hazel spent without Mocha. Their family had surrendered them both to the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Long Island, and they spent the night in separate cages, crying for one other with their noses pressed against the bars.
Mocha and Hazel’s family gave up on them when they were eleven years old. They said they no longer had “time” to care for animals.
They were both in physical pain: Hazel was very underweight, and they both had leg injuries. Still, both dogs showered shelter staffers and volunteers with kisses.
Mocha and Hazel were, like most dogs, frightened by the shelter environment, but more than that, they missed each other. When Hazel was taken out for walks, she’d stop at Mocha’s kennel and try to get inside. When they were outside together, their whole bodies wiggled from wagging.
When no other rescues in the area wanted to commit to taking in two senior dogs, Elyse Giurco of Long Island’s Road to Home took them out of the shelter so they could be together in a temporary foster home.
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