Larry and Trover’s Story – Keep ‘Em Together, KC

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Trover’s story is why our Home Away from Home crisis foster program is so important.


Trover initially came to us on April 20th. His owner, Larry, is a truck driver and was passing through Kansas City when he was late for a pickup. Because of this, Larry was let go from his job on the spot. He was forced to take a Greyhound bus back to Wisconsin (his home base) and, unfortunately, Greyhound does not allow dogs on their buses. Larry then called KC Pet Project and a member of our Animal Services Division met Larry at the bus stop and had him sign Trover over to us.


Upon seeing Trover’s intake notes, our Keep ‘Em Together Case Managers called Larry to get more information and to figure out if he really wanted to give up Trover or if he felt he had no other option. It was clear in that phone call that Larry loved Trover and wanted him back if at all possible. He adopted Trover six months ago from a shelter in Ohio and Trover became his truck dog. Larry went on and on about how much Trover loved riding in the truck, how calm and gentle he was, and the company he gave Larry during long rides. Trover’s story is why our Home Away from Home crisis foster program is so important.


Trover initially came to us on April 20th. His owner, Larry, is a truck driver and was passing through Kansas City when he was late for a pickup. Because of this, Larry was let go from his job on the spot. He was forced to take a Greyhound bus back to Wisconsin (his home base) and, unfortunately, Greyhound does not allow dogs on their buses. Larry then called KC Pet Project and a member of our Animal Services Division met Larry at the bus stop and had him sign Trover over to us.


Upon seeing Trover’s intake notes, our Keep ‘Em Together Case Managers called Larry to get more information and to figure out if he really wanted to give up Trover or if he felt he had no other option. It was clear in that phone call that Larry loved Trover and wanted him back if at all possible. He adopted 10 year old Trover six months ago from a shelter in Ohio and Trover became his truck dog. Larry went on and on about how much Trover loved riding in the truck, how calm and gentle he was, and the company he gave Larry during long rides.


They knew we had to help Larry get Trover back. Our team checked with multiple different people to figure out the best course of action, and we ultimately decided to have Larry apply for our Home Away from Home crisis foster program. Larry was optimistic he could find a new trucking job in the next few weeks and come down to Kansas City to pick Trover up. Larry and Trover were accepted into the program on April 22nd, and Trover was able to go into a foster home two days later.


Two weeks later, Larry made the drive from Wisconsin to Kansas City to pick up his boy! Larry was so grateful for the support we showed him and Trover and seemed a little shocked that we had worked so hard to get Trover back to him. Trover was clearly excited to see Larry and once we walked outside he immediately jumped into the front seat of Larry’s car — it was as if nothing had changed.


You can help support this important program today by signing up to be a Home Away from Home foster family. Donations to our Keep ‘Em Together program go to help families like Trover and Larry stay together.

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