Abandoned In A Box, He Was Overlooked At A Shelter For Weeks. Then Fate Brought Him A Second Chance

At 12 years old, all Mr. Crowley wanted was a family to love him during his final years. Instead, he wound up abandoned on the side of the road in a small cardboard box, left all alone to fend for himself.

A volunteer at the Westchester SPCA found him in the box, which was left near the gates of the shelter. The volunteer peeked inside, but had no idea that it would reveal an underweight, senior Chihuahua who was cold, shivering, and confused as to why he was left there.

Raquel Fernandes
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The volunteer immediately brought Mr. Crowley (formerly named Mouse) to the staff’s vet tech to be examined. He had rotten teeth, a rotting lower jaw, a damaged trachea, and Luxating patella, which makes it difficult for him to walk using his rear leg.

The shelter staff worked together to get Mr. Crowley in the best shape as possible so that he’d be fit for adoption. He was cleaned up and his rotting teeth were removed, which left him with only two teeth and his little tongue permanently sticking out. Once he was neutered, he was ready to find his forever family.

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

But sadly, Mr. Crowley would spend the next six weeks at the shelter, being overlooked by visitor after visitor who preferred much younger dogs than him. This is a problem that is far too common when it comes to senior dogs. Many are forced to spend the rest of their days in shelters because people cannot see past their old age or potential medical expenses.

But their old age can actually be a benefit to people who are seeking a more relaxed dog who is already potty-trained. Senior dogs have also been through a lot and have so much love to give!

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

At the same time Mr. Crowley was awaiting a family to love him, Raquel and her husband, V.J., were searching for a senior dog to adopt who had been overlooked.

“We did some research and learned that many [senior dogs] get abandoned at shelters due to health issues, and therefore, don’t have a high chance of adoption,” Raquel told FamilyPet. “We both work mostly from home, and felt that the more relaxed pace of a senior dog could be a good match for us, and them.”

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

They weren’t looking for a specific breed or sex, as long as it was a smaller dog and had a good connection with them. That’s when they began looking on Petfinder for their perfect match. They came across an overwhelming majority of Chihuahuas, which helped make up their minds that this would be the breed they wanted to help.

“We looked for a few months. I sent in application after application to countless rescue groups, but it wasn’t as easy to adopt a dog as I had originally thought,” Raquel explained. “Many groups did not return emails or calls, and we began to feel a little disappointed with the entire process.”

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

They were about to give up when they decided to check Petfinder one last time. That’s when they saw little Mouse. After reading his description, Raquel’s heart began beating very fast. “I thought to myself, ‘I think we found him.’”

So, Raquel and her husband drove up to Westchester, NY, to meet Mouse and get to know him. They wanted to see if they had a connection with him and if he’d be a good fit for their family and vice versa.

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

“When we first saw him, I remember feeling happy, excited, hopeful, and sad all at once,” Raquel recalled. “Here was this tiny, wobbly, shaky little dog that someone decided to abandon. My heart broke for him, and I knew that if he would have us, we’d love him every day for the rest of his life.”

The shelter staff absolutely loved Mouse, and it didn’t take long for Raquel to learn why. He had a great personality and was extremely friendly with adults, kids and even other dogs. They took turns holding him and fell more and more in love with him. They knew he was their perfect match and the dog they had been looking for all along.

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

“The moment we signed the adoption papers, I felt joy, excitement, and peace,” Raquel said. “Anyone who has adopted a dog can tell you, that moment is magic! It was one of the happiest days of our lives.”

Although his name at the shelter was Mouse, they decided to change it to Mr. Crowley. And with his new name came a new life of adoration and affection. Despite his rough past, he is completely trusting of humans and still has so much love to give.

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

“Now that we’ve had Mr. Crowley for a few months, it’s hard to remember life without him,” Raquel said. “We thought we were going to save a senior dog, and it turns out he’s the one showing us what love is. He’s shown us what it means to forgive, to let go, to love, and to trust.”

Mr. Crowley spends his days lounging and napping on the couch, going for outings in his cute little tote bag, and most importantly, snuggling! Snuggling is a must for him, and he’s always ready to curl up in your lap.

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

“Every day with Mr. Crowley brings us laughter and joy we never expected,” Raquel said. “Life with him feels complete; like he was meant for us all along.”

Sadly, there are many other cases of abandonment and owner relinquish, among other sad situations. Raquel hopes that Mr. Crowley’s story encourages others to give senior dogs a second chance at a new life.

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi

Check out Mr. Crowley’s website, and be sure to follow his adventures on his Instagram page!

Raquel Fernandes
Instagram: @mr.crowley_chichi