CREATED May. 17, 2013
THOUSAND PALMS - Banjo, the terrier-poodle mix, rescued off the railroad tracks in Mecca back in April met his adoptive family today. The staff at the Riverside County Animal Services received over 1,300 emails from people wanting to adopt Banjo. These were letters from all over the nation, including in the Coachella Valley. Finally, the staff picked a couple from Orange County.
"It came down to this couple, they were just so loving, they did call the shelter repeatedly to just check in to see how the dog was doing," shares the Public Information Officer for animal services, John Welsh.
Jeff Moore had lost hope at first after so many people showed interest in Banjo, but his wife, Luisa, didn't give up.
"She knew through the whole thing that we were going to get Banjo, and it's pretty impressive that we actually did," says Jeff.
The couple looked happy when the veterinary technician handed them a shaky Banjo in their arms.
"I can feel his heartbeat next to me, so yeah it's kind of sinking in right now. He's here with me," says Luisa while holding Banjo.
The Moore's have no children, only one dog. Now, Banjo will be their newest addition to their family.
"We let our dog Lolly, she's allowed on the bed, on the couch, there's no area where it's off limits. Our home is their home," says Luisa.
So what's next for Banjo?
"Just basically hanging out with us and getting to know the family, kind of ease him to it and introduce him to all our other dog friends," says Jeff.
The Moores say they feel so thankful to animal services, and they want to start documenting Banjo's life on social media. So you may follow Banjo's new life in the future.