Woman Weeps at Sight of Shelter Pit Bull Wearing Bandana Belonging to Her Deceased Dog


For seven enduring years, Ella remained at the Animal Resource Center, seemingly unwanted and overlooked for adoption. Despite the lack of interest, the shelter staff remained steadfast in their support. The long-awaited moment arrived when an email titled “Interested in adopting Ella” finally appeared.

Kaitlyn, a woman who had recently lost her beloved dog, Jo, arrived at the shelter, bringing a glimmer of hope. Despite Ella’s usual fear aggression and the need for multiple visits to build trust, a remarkable shift occurred when she laid eyes on Kaitlyn.

The Animal Resource Center shared on Facebook, “When Ella first saw Kaitlyn, we think she already knew that this is MY person.”

The heartwarming story took an extraordinary turn when Kaitlyn, noticing Ella’s bandana, became emotional. She revealed that the bandana belonged to her late dog, Jo, and it was one of many she had donated to the shelter after his passing.

Staff members were moved to tears when Kaitlyn pulled up a picture of Jo wearing the same bandana, saying, “This bandana that Ella is wearing, it’s Jo’s. I donated them all here when he passed.” Among the 20 dogs in the shelter, Ella was wearing Jo’s specific bandana.

It felt like fate had intervened, as if Jo himself was signaling to Kaitlyn, “Ella is the one!”

After enduring seven years of waiting, Ella had finally found her forever home, and it was a perfect and heartwarming ending. Kaitlyn aptly expressed, “I like to think of it as Jo’s stamp of approval,” recognizing that this union was meant to be.