‘Prefer it was meant to be’: Columbus canine lives as much as identify of Hero | Native

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“We just want to get the least adoptable dogs out of shelters, get them to a point where they’re adoptable, and get them to good homes.”

Ripley is friends with Herrera. After Ripley shared Paws and Claws’ post, Herrera called Ripley and said she wanted to add Hero to her family.



Carrie and Hero

Carrie Herrera, the wife of Lincoln Police Department investigator Mario Herrera, who died on duty in 2020, meets Hero for the first time at the Paws and Claws Adoption Center in Columbus. Hero escaped a hoarding situation last year and resulted in him and five other dogs being rescued from their poor homes.


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Herrera has wanted a larger dog from a shelter or rescue for a while.

“… I saw him and just knew it. I didn’t know his story yet, I didn’t know anything about him. I texted Melissa and said, “Can we see the dog you posted? I want him, ”said Herrera. “Melissa told the story about him and I think we went to pick him up the following weekend.”

The two friends drove to Columbus to meet and pick up Hero on January 31, 2021, Said Potter.



Hero in the car

Hero picks up his nose to greet Carrie Herrera on her way to a second chance pups exercise program at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. Hero will complete the program on April 9th, after which he will be brought home with his new adopter, Herrera.


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“I was nervous to be honest,” said Herrera. “He was a bit nasty because he wasn’t around a lot of people, but he was super loving, very loving to us. It was kind of emotional too. It was nice.”

Hero will complete the Second Chance Pups program on April 9th. Herrera will bring him home the same day.

“We can’t go to jail anymore, which is kind of crap, but he will do it (well),” she added. “I think it adapted really well to its location…. I’m super excited, the kids are excited. It will be a good addition for us. “