174-Pound Senior Mastiff Winds Up Depressed In Shelter After Owner Passes Away

It is unimaginable to consider how confused a dog must be if his owner dies and he winds up all alone at an animal shelter.

There’s no way to explain to a dog that their owner passed away and why they now live in a kennel.

That’s what happened to Charlie, a nearly 8-year-old Mastiff who tips the scales at 174 pounds.

Charlie’s former owner taught him many tricks and the pooch has a wonderful personality.

“Unfortunately, his owner passed away and there wasn’t anybody in the family that could take him and that’s how he ended up here and I just love him,” according to Kathy Zerkle, the Medical Director at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Source: CBS8 San Diego/YouTube

What makes Charlie extra special is the length of time he has spent at the shelter. Since he was transferred to Rancho Coastal from Chula Vista, he is the resident who has stayed the longest at the shelter.

Zerkle says true happiness won’t happen until Charlie finds his forever home. Since the story ran on CBS8 News, someone special jumped at the opportunity to adopt Charlie.

Dozens of applications came in, but one stood out over all the others. Tim Yenatar met Charlie when he was a puppy and lived with his previous owner.

Tim became the woman’s caretaker and pitched in with Charlie. Since he couldn’t keep Charlie when his owner passed away, Animal Control hauled the pooch off.  

Tim saw Charlie’s story and knew he wanted to adopt him.


“He’s a one in a million dog and has the personality of your best friend,” Tim said as he and Charlie rolled around together on the ground. 

Charlie knew him immediately and remembered him. Some things are just meant to be.

For more about this story, watch the video below. Congratulations Tim and Charlie!


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