Sometimes good things can come from the most unexpected places.
In this case it was the Lowes parking lot in Whitestown.
In April, a one-eyed golden retriever mix was found in an abandoned parking lot. At the Humane Society for Boone County, before a dog is taken into care, they must report to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office so they can be considered a “lost dog” and have an official report can be filed.
BCSO’s administrative assistant, Madyson Portish, usually works at the front desk of the office, but not directly at the window.
Coincidentally, the employee who normally works at the window had left, so Portish replaced him.
“We don’t have an animal control officer right now, so part of not having one right now is quite a few people in the office or in communications and a handful of officers volunteer for what we call the Kennel Club,” Portish explained. “So if an officer finds a lost animal, we’ll take turns going down and helping put it in the kennel, making sure it has food and water and taking turns taking care of the animal. of role.”
It happened to be Portish’s day for the Kennel Club, so she took the dog down, scanned him for a microchip, which came back negative, and set the dog up for his stay at BCSO.
“I made sure she had everything, and I went out to see her around 10 p.m., then after my lunch, then after work,” Portish said. “And that night it was going to be about 32 degrees, and it was way too cold for a dog to be outside.”
So Portish ended up taking her home for the night. She has two dogs herself, so she’s no stranger to four-legged friends.
“When I brought her home, my husband was like, ‘No, we don’t need another dog.’ And I was like, ‘No, this dog is awesome. She’s really great,” Portish recalled.
She brought the dog back to the office the next morning.
“It was really busy for a Wednesday,” Portish said. “The sheriff was there, the whole hallway was there, there were deputies, I mean, it was the busiest office I’ve ever seen at 8am.”
The dog was unphased by the fuss and happily turned around for anyone who seemed interested in rubbing his belly. Sheriff Nielsen asked Portish about the dog’s story and why she was in the office.
“So I told him what was going on, and he was like, ‘Well, she’s not going back to the Humane Society, is she?’ and I said, ‘I would love to take her,'” Portish said.
She then spoke with the Humane Society staff and figured out the right way to adopt her. With the seven days required for any lost pet, Portish was able to bring her new dog home during this confinement period. She was also allowed to take him to work.
“She ended up growing on everyone here in the office, so after this seven-day wait, we did a vote from the office on what her name should be.”
The office chose Addy because she works in the administrative department. Addy is also very special because of her face. Portish doesn’t know how, but Addy lost an eye at some point in her life.
“My husband and I officially adopted her because no one came to pick her up, which is really sad,” Portish said.
Portish said she didn’t know why Addy was dropped. She is well trained and can do several orders. She was also neat.
“Somebody loved her,” Portish said. “It just makes you think she was dropped off because she was sick and someone wouldn’t or couldn’t take care of her.”
After a visit to their vet, it was discovered that Addy had bladder cancer and could live for three months to three years. They don’t know how long. But until her time is up, Addy is loved and accepts belly massages from anyone at the sheriff’s office who gives them to her.
“She comes in every morning and runs down the hall as she stops by everyone’s office to say hello,” Portish said.
After sending an email to the entire department asking everyone to stop giving her human food because she was eating so much, Addy started getting a lot more visitors from officers who are normally on the road, who wanted to come in and meet her.
“So many people have stopped by to see her and I think it’s really encouraging for the command staff to see her because there has been talk of a possible therapy dog for the department and I can see her. in that environment, making everyone laugh,” Portish said. “She is normally on her stomach in the hallway so if anyone stops they will pet her. For me, I feel so spoiled to be able to take my dog to work every day. My other two dogs are very jealous .”