A puppy that was abandoned at a California airport got a home just in time for the holidays.
Earlier this fall, he was abandoned at San Francisco International Airport when he arrived from an international destination, and the passenger who had him decided to continue his journey without the puppy, United Airlines said in a Dec. 16 news release.
The airline released photos of the dog, both when it was abandoned and now that it has been adopted. He was just a puppy in the photo where he was dropped off at the airport, staring at the camera with one ear sticking up.
Airline officials verified that he met all necessary requirements for entry into the United States, including quarantine, the release said.
Eventually, United Airlines pilot William Dale adopted a black German shepherd mix and they called him Polar after the airline’s business class cabin, according to the Independent. This is also a reference to the North Star.
“From the moment Polaris came into our care, our entire SFO United team took care of him 24/7 until we were able to get permission to safely hold him in the U.S.,” said Vincent Pasafium, United’s director of customer service. “It’s a great feeling to see this story come to a close and that Polaris will have a loving home with United Airlines Captain Dale and his family – just in time for the holidays.”
According to a press release, the San Francisco SPCA is working with the airline to find Polaris a home. On December 15, they held an adoption party at the airport where they dressed him up as a little Santa. He proudly posed with his new family.
“The United Customer Service team has taken on the difficult task of making sure Polaris is safe, healthy and finds a loving home,” said Lisa Feder, SF SPCA Rescue and Welfare Manager.
The Animal Protection Agency is offering free adoptions for adult dogs over the age of five months until December 31st. Those who want a puppy will have half their adoption fee waived for taking an online puppy parent training course.
Take a look at some of the animals up for adoption sfspca.org/adopt.