Thursday, a Department of Transportation worker rescued two vaguely shih-tzu dogs from the Interstate 5 shoulder near Lakewood. She figured out by the first lick that someone must be missing them and turned them over to Lakewood Animal Control.
The Washington State Patrol released photos of them, and, by Friday morning, 200 people called to offer to adopt them.
Their hopes, it appears, will be dashed.
Lavinia Goodman has claimed them at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County.
But the process did not go well on her first visit.
She does not look like the person in her driver’s license photo.
She could not remember the address of her new apartment.
And she does not have the $267 that would be the full price of their impound, boarding and licensing fees.
Shelter staff stood by the protocol on which they rely to protect animals’ best interests, and asked for more proof. Goodman, after the initial frustration, complied.
Early Friday afternoon, they met and spun fur balls into gold. Jade and Deebo settled any questions of who owned them, and will likely go home Tuesday, after they are spayed and neutered.
In the meantime, Goodman will raise the $140 covering Lakewood impound and licensing fees.