When Froggy got to the Humane Society of Broward County, people there gave him a bed and a stuffed frog toy to make him feel better and keep him busy.
Froggy was shocked because this was the first time he had ever been given his own toy. He grabbed his new friend with joy and wouldn’t let go.
Susan Leonti, a digital marketing specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County, told The Dodo, “He carried his stuffed frog in his mouth for hours while whimpering with joy.”
Froggy is one of the 4,000 beagles that were saved this past summer from a cruel breeding facility in Virginia. Along with 120 other shelters and rescues, the Humane Society of Broward County offered to help find new homes for the dogs.
“When the beagles came to our shelter, they had numbers tattooed in their ears but no names,” Leonti said. “When we got to Froggy’s kennel, he was holding a stuffed frog in his mouth and wouldn’t let go. We were so surprised by how he reacted that we gave him the name of his favorite toy.”
Froggy used his toy to calm himself down. Every day, people who came to help him would find him in his kennel with it in his mouth. When the toy was being cleaned, Froggy was happy to play with a different stuffed animal, but as soon as it was dry, he went back to his favorite frog.
Froggy eventually left the humane society and went to live with his forever family. The once-shy puppy got over his fears and grew into a lively, athletic fireball. Froggy was sent home with his comfort toy, but he has since learned that there is a lot more to enjoy in the world, so he no longer worries about losing it.
Froggy, who used to be afraid of losing his one small comfort object, will never feel alone again because so many animal lovers worked hard and helped him.
Here is where you can give money to the Humane Society of Broward County to help dogs like Froggy.