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Dog surrendered by family that moved finds new forever home

Posted at 6:30 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 22:17:50-04

PHOENIX — A six-year-old Labrador Retriever, named Ryeka, has found her new forever home, thanks to the Arizona Humane Society, and her backstory is one that might pull at your heartstrings.

Up until recently, Ryeka lived on a large property with her family, along with another dog, cats and several farm animals, according to a Wednesday afternoon post on the Arizona Humane Society's Facebook page. Her family, however, had to move. For reasons unknown, they decided to only keep one of the dogs, and chose not to take Ryeka with them. They decided, instead, to surrender her to the Arizona Humane Society.

Ryeka was taken to AHS with the hopes of finding her a new family.

In its post, the Humane Society said Ryeka was "confused by her surroundings, terrified of the strange noises, and it took some time to coax her inside of the kennel, but she finally perked up enough to eat her dinner when her new friends came to visit."

They said Ryeka lived with dogs, cats, and farm animals; is house trained; knows basic commands; and gets along great with everyone, including kids.

An hour after posting her story online, the AHS updated the post saying Ryeka had been adopted and gets to start fresh with a new family.

While the family's decision to part ways with Ryeka may be tough, the Humane Society says anyone who feels they can no longer give proper care to an animal is always welcome to contact their agency to surrender them.