By Anna Vallery
Kai, the train station dog is going home! The shar-pei mix was left at the Ayr Railway Station in Scotland in early January, after an Internet sale gone wrong. When his potential new guardian, Fin Rayer, didn’t think Kai looked like what she expected, she abandoned him in the station with a suitcase of items.
Thankfully, the Scottish SPCA was called in and immediately took Kai into their care. With a U.K. law in place saying that those who abandon an animal can no longer keep pets, the race was on to catch who had left Kai alone. A couple of days after the incident, Rayer came out telling her side of the abandonment story. Based on her sad recount of what happened, we’re glad Kai didn’t have to go home with Rayer.
Instead, he gets to go home with an awesome new dad! Ian Russell, a self-employed hydraulic engineer who lost his beloved Dalmatian in December, has been chosen to take the handsome shar-pei home.
“My Dalmatian named Mica passed away just before Christmas and I was left heartbroken,” said Russell. “I had her for 15 years and she was the apple of my eye. We pretty much spent 24 hours a day together.”
After hearing Kai’s story, Russell called the Scottish SPCA to see if there was any way he could help. Little did he know that he would be the lucky guy taking Kai home a few weeks later.
“I work all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, driving wherever I’m needed in my van. Kai will come with me and when it’s appropriate I’ll let him out to run around and play safely while I work. Then we’ll jump back into the van together and head to the next place. We’ll be able to hang out all the time,” says Russell. “Being the one to rehome Kai is a bit like winning the lottery and I’m really looking forward to getting him home and bonding with him.”
It sounds like Kai really did get his happily ever after. Kai and his new dad sound like the perfect match and they got to go home together yesterday. It is about time that Kai is a loving and forever home!