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Chance radio encounter leads to free pet for fire victim
Hall Animal Shelter offers free adoption to woman who lost 2 dogs tragically
Mary Crowe holds a dog Saturday at the Hall County Animal Shelter. Crowe lost two of her dogs in a recent house fire and dropped by the shelter to visit a few dogs up for adoption.

When Mary Crowe called in to a local radio station, she didn’t expect her call to get through.

Atlanta station The Bull 94.9-FM had posed this question to their listeners: “If you could erase one thing that happened in 2012, what would it be?”

What happened next was even less expected.

Cindy Langman, program director for the Hall County Animal Shelter, listened as Crowe talked about losing her home and belongings in a house fire and, tragically, two of her dogs.

Langman called into the radio station to offer a free pet adoption, courtesy of the Hall County Animal Shelter. In addition to waiving the adoption fee, Langman agreed to provide free vaccinations, including one for rabies, as well as a free health and temperament test, microchip implantation and spay/neuter surgery.

The radio station did not have Crowe’s contact information to let her know about the Animal Shelter’s offer, and asked any listeners who might know her to inform her.

“My friend actually contacted pretty soon after, but I had to compose myself before I called back. I was pulled over in my car, sobbing,” Crowe said.

About 30 minutes later, the station got a tearful phone call from Crowe saying she was

incredibly touched by shelter’s offer and would love to choose a new pet.

Saturday afternoon, Crowe went to the shelter to adopt her new puppy.

“I’m leaning toward the blue heeler puppy,” she said. “They’re a hunting breed: smart, friendly and protective.”

Crowe explained she was at work when an electrical problem ignited a fire in the laundry room while her dogs were at home.

“One of them (dogs) was able to escape through a door they use to get in and out of the house, but two of them just didn’t manage to get out,” she said.

Her dogs have felt the loss of their companions, Crowe said.

“I have seen a change in them,” she said. “I used to be more protective of them, and now they’re more protective of me.”

Langman, who accompanied Crowe to peruse the puppies, said she’s glad she was able to fulfil the promise, made possible by a serendipitous encounter over the airwaves.

“I wasn’t sure if I would be able to reach her when the station didn’t have her contact information,” she said. “And it was pure coincidence that I heard her story.”

Also happy to have a new companion will be her youngest dog, Shadow, Crowe said. Her other two dogs are on the elder side, both ages 10 and over.

“She’s got a lot of energy and needs a playmate. One of the dogs I lost was really her playmate. They were always kind of clingy,” she said.

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