Rescue worker’s touching letter to dog after adoption leaves people in tears

Victoria Marshall, 38, from Berkshire, dedicated a heartfelt letter to her foster dog Penny who has just been permanently adopted, and it left emotional readers ‘in tears’

Penny has left a huge hole in Victoria’s heart

A charity worker has shared a touching farewell letter to her foster dog – and it’s making people cry.

Victoria Marshall, 38, from Berkshire, works for South East Dog Rescue in Kent, which gives abandoned and unwanted dogs a second chance at life.

In January, Victoria fostered senior dog Penny, after she arrived at the animal rescue in a poor state.

The pair formed an instant connection and it’s broken Victoria’s heart having to part ways.

In a Facebook post dedicated to her ‘foster daughter’, Victoria said: “Today is the day that we say goodbye. After nearly five-and-a-half months in my family’s care, you are moving on to your furever home.







Victoria absolutely adores Penny
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The senior dog has so much love to give
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“As I write this, I can barely see through the tears because a huge part of me never wants to let you go. I absolutely ADORE you: your kind, gentle soul; your love for anyone and everyone, and your understated cheekiness.

“However, I know that you are going to be your new family’s world and you will have so much love, so many adventures but most importantly, you will never be neglected again.

“Your older years are going to be the best ones of your life, I promise.”

“We’ve laughed at your antics and funny ways; your obsession with trying to walk into any house that you pass by; your attempt to drag us to the local pet store when you’re in a 10 minute radius of it; your love of huge dogs.







Penny has shown her foster sibling Timmy the ropes
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“We’ve been amazed by how unbelievably gentle you have been with the smallest of children, meaning that you are going to be treasured by two little grandchildren in your new home.

“You are always ready to greet everyone with your funny, downturned mush and an endless wag of your tail: so many people have been smitten with you.

“Despite your need for help, you have set tiny Timmy up for life with your patient but playful guidance.

“He has learned from you that other dogs and people are kind and fun and finally, he is starting to love them in the same way you do.

“And then there’s what you have done for me. At a time when I wanted to die after the death my beloved boy, you have reminded me that rescue is an never-ending legacy.







She helped Victoria grieve the death of her late rescue dog
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“In order to honor the love I had for him, I had to open my heart again, and I opened my heart up to you.

“I hope that in return for what you’ve given us, we’ve given you lots of fun, adventures, experiences and above all, love and nurturing.

“Whilst I am very fortunate that I will still see you regularly in your new home, it is time for you to bask in the love of your furever family and leave us behind.

“You will be etched in my heart for the rest of my life, Penny Pops. It has been an absolute PRIVILEGE to love you and be loved by you.”

Victoria finished the letter encouraging other people to consider fostering a rescue dog in need.







Penny found a forever home at the age of 10
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Victoria hopes to inspire others to foster a dog
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She said: “It will hurt like hell saying ‘goodbye’ to a dog that you’ve come to adore but it will be one of the most fulfilling roles of your life, knowing that you’ve been the bridge between their sad past and their bright future.”

The Facebook post has received almost 1,000 likes and dog lovers have shared their thoughts in the comments.

One person said: “I’m crying, what a beautiful foster mum you are” while a second wrote: “My heart is bursting and breaking just a tiny bit for the goodbye but what a wonderful time you have had together. To love and nice love.”

“Oh gosh…that made me cry. How lucky has Penny been to have you care for her,” another said.

“Amazing story. Not sure if I want to cry tears of sadness or happiness,” someone added.

Do you have a story to tell? Contact nia.dalton@reachplc.com.

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