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"It is a miracle and it is what we wanted."

Gil 'the Wonder Dog' gets a forever home
Posted at 10:45 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-11 17:17:54-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — After being shot in the spine, left with only two working legs and a year in foster care, Gil finally has a forever home.

"it's a miracle," Foster mom Kimberly Kelly said. "It's a miracle for this guy and it is what we wanted."

Gil will be going to a family in Durango, Colo. to live on a ranch. He will be surrounded by open fields and new furry friends to play with.

"We were really not sure where we were going to find that perfect family," The first person to help him after he was shot Nancy Young Wright said. "but, all along, we had actually been kind of describing this very family."

Even though he is leaving town, the impact Gil made on the community deserved a goodbye.

People gathered at Tucson Hop shop on Saturday night to wish him farewell and donate to Cody's friends, an organization that helped donate supplies to Gil when he was in need.

"It's amazing. I'm so happy for him, but I have a lot of mix emotions," Kelly said.

She said saying goodbye to Gil feels like letting go of family.

"When you take on an animal like this, and we've had him in our care for the past year, he's a part of our lives and he always will be," Kelly said.

Kelly said she's become close to the family taking him in, and she plans to visit him in Colorado at least once a year.

He may be wheeling off to a new adventure, but his impact in Tucson will live on forever.

"I think truly Gil has taught me to be happy," Kelly said. "He's taught me how in the face of adversity, how you persevere, and how to be happy and thriving above all of that."