Local Family Reunited With Dogs Says "Best Day We've Had in a Long Time"


It was a big day Monday for Kona and Sparda, a dachshund and a Chihuahua who got to say farewell to the Roanoke Valley SPCA and hello to their forever home.  But there's something extra special about their adoption.

"It doesn't happen to us often, so it's a wonderful experience," said Melissa Morgan, marketing and communications coordinator for the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

Kona and Sparda belonged to Carla, Hunter, and Austin Luck, a family way down on their luck financially just a few weeks ago.

"We lost our home," Carla said. "And we had nowhere to go. We stayed in the truck because we didn't want to get rid of the dogs."

They ended up living in their vehicle for several days, and when it became apparent their situation wasn't going to allow them to keep the dogs, they brought them to the SPCA.  They say it was one of the hardest things they've ever done.

"I was crying the whole time," Carla said. "[Austin] actually had to step up and take care of everything because I couldn't do it. They're my kids just like [Austin and Hunter]."

"Before we left, I asked them if I could see [the dogs] one last time," Austin said. "And they said yes.  I went back there, and as I started walking out, I started crying.  I couldn't stay strong any longer."

Friday, those tears turned into smiles and lots of kisses as Kona and Sparda were reunited with their family. Since dropping them off a little more than two weeks ago, the Lucks have been able to get back on their feet and found a new home. The SPCA then gave them the green light to re-adopt their pets.

"We screened them as we would have screened anybody who would adopt Kona and Sparda," Morgan said. "It was obvious to us that this family was robbing Peter to pay Paul, if you will, to make sure their animals were well taken care of."

"The first thing I said when we found [our new house] was we had to come get the dogs because it wasn't home without them," Carla said. "It's one of the best days we've had in a long time."

The SPCA says small dogs like Kona and Sparda typically get adopted within a week, but since they came in together, the shelter decided they'd have to be adopted together.

"And I think that actually helped buy them a little bit of time," Morgan said.

As they left the shelter with Kona and Sparda, the Lucks said they were grateful to the SPCA.  And they can't wait for the whole family to be home.

"We want to let them know they're with us and they're not going anywhere anymore," Carla said.

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