Kai, an adorable two-year-old Shar-Pei, was found tied up outside a train station in Ayr, Scotland, beside a suitcase packed full of his belongings: toys, treats, pillow and bowl. He had been abandoned.
Photos and reports about the incident went viral on the internet. In the meantime, Scottish authorities were able to use the pup’s microchip to track down his original owner, who claimed to have sold him to a second person through Gumtree, a Craigslist-type website. The trade of pets on these types of websites has long been criticized as irresponsible and harmful to animals.
Eventually, the current owner was located. Fin Rayner, a 39-year-old woman living in Aberdeen, claimed that she had not intended to buy the dog. When she met up with the original owner to check out the dog, it was not the same as it had appeared online. Before she could refuse the sale, the owner simply ran away and left the dog with her. “I phoned and said ‘You better come back for your dog,’” said Rayner. “He never turned up.” Rayner claimed that things went awry when she realized that she was about to miss her train back home; she panicked and tied up the dog (supposedly also alerting the staff to the situation).
Kai spent a month without a home, taken care of at the local SPCA facilities. After his story went viral, hundreds of individuals contacted authorities and offered to adopt the dog. Eventually, the SPCA chose Ian Russell of East Renfrewshire to be his new owner. “When I heard about Kai…I called the Scottish SPCA just to check he was okay and see if there was anything I could do to help. Fast forward a few weeks and here I am taking him home. I honestly think it was meant to be,” said Russell.