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Orlando family finds a match at Palm City shelter

Shaun Kelly
TC Palm
April 21, 2017

PALM CITY - It’s always heartwarming to follow up on an adoption story, especially when an animal comes to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in as dire straits as one particular pup named Astro.

In the fall of 2015 a call came into the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division about a young pup under a year old that was running as a stray with no collar. What the responding officer found when responding to the dog finder’s home was a sweet and friendly young German shepherd mix pup that was in a deplorable condition. This poor guy had one of the worst cases of mites the HSTC had ever seen. His face, ears, back and legs were all affected. He was practically furless.

Transported to the shelter and given the name Astro by the animal care team, the young pup spent almost two months being nursed back to health so he could be cleared for adoption.

Enter the Brown family, who live in the Orlando area. They had been searching online for a shepherd after losing their companion dog of many years. One of the family’s teenaged daughters found Astro on a pet finder website and showed his listing to her mom, Beth Brown. She was pleasantly surprised to see that this particular dog was located at the HSTC in Palm City, the very shelter where her long-time friend (and long-time HSTC volunteer) Tracie Harris spends a lot of her time. 


Beth contacted Tracie and asked her to check on Astro’s status. After finding that he was still available for adoption, the family immediately headed to Palm City to see if this was the pup they’d been hoping to find. Meeting Astro in a grass run at the shelter, he bounded past the shelter staffers and ran straight to Kevin Brown’s side and sat down.

That was it, a match was made, and Astro is now completely recovered from his maladies and lives with Beth and Kevin Brown and their two daughters, ages 16 and 18. The whole family just loves him. When asked to sum up their feelings about adopting Astro, Beth relates that they often wonder just who rescued who.

 For more information, visit or call (772) 223-8822.

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Palm City, Florida 34990

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