Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book



Nothing warms our hearts quite like a doggie rescue story with a happily ever after.  This one, about a loveable dog named Smokey, is sure to bring a smile to your face as big as the one on his.

It was reported Smokey’s family lost their home to a fire, and despite their efforts, they were struggling to properly care for him. When they brought him into a shelter, they were sure to bring his favorite toy with him – a fuzzy stuffed elephant with pink ears. Including a note asking that Smokey not be separated from his beloved elephant, his family was hoping for the best outcome.

Unfortunately, likely due to the extreme trauma of surviving a fire and the stress of being separated from his family at a shelter, Smokey was very unhappy.  He spent his days huddled in a corner or growling at visitors, and he was scheduled to be euthanized in March 2017. However, thanks to the kindhearted people at I Have A Dream Rescue Organization in Columbus, Ohio, this pretty Pit Bull now has a bright ray of hope in his life.

When Smokey arrived at the shelter, he was very depressed and spent most of his time in the corner of his kennel. His only friend and source of comfort was his cherished toy.


Smokey’s family made sure he would not be separated from his stuffed elephant. Describing him as a shy “wallflower,” Smokey required extra gentility to help him express his true personality. However, the stress he endured was causing him to growl and not be considered adoptable by the shelter.


After Smokey realized he was going to be leaving the shelter with his elephant and head to a safe foster home, he was all smiles. Now this face defines happiness!


We cannot get enough of this precious pooch and his smile!


Here is smiling Smokey with his new foster mom, made possible by I Have a Dream Rescue Organization.



Thanks to Smokey’s generous rescuers, he will be kept safely and happily at a foster home with his best buddy elephant until his family is settled and able to reunite with him.

To learn more about the organization that made this all possible, check out I Have A Dream Rescue Organization on Facebook.

Image source: I Have A Dream Rescue Organization/Facebook

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

Wales to Ban the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses!

Meet the Vegan, All-Female Anti-Poaching Team That Has Been More Effective at Defending Animals Than Any Other

New Research Finds ALL Fish Tested in the Great Lakes Contain Microplastics

Mass Grave of Greyhounds Shows the Impact of Failing to Ban Racing in New South Wales

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

0 comments on “Dog Who Lost His Home to a Fire is All Smiles After Being Rescued With His Toy Elephant”

Click to add comment

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on

Do Not Show This Again


Submit to OneGreenPlanet

Terms & Conditions ×