Kai, the dog who was abandoned at a train station in Scotland, has found a new home – and not just any home. The incredible story of Kai and his new owner Ian Russell is touching the hearts of many. Hundreds of dog lovers from around the world as far as Hong Kong, New York and the Philippines, applied to adopt Kai after the news about his abandonment went viral, but it was one special man who was chosen out of everyone to be Kai’s new owner – Ian Russell.
As reported by BBC on Feb. 4, Ian Russell is not a millionaire, he does not live in a mansion, but he has fate on his side. Or maybe it is the spirit of Mica that had a hand in bringing Kai and Ian together?
Ian Russell is a self-employed hydraulic engineer whose canine companion Mica used to be with him day and night. Last December, after having been together for 15 years, Mica died.
“My Dalmatian named Mica passed away just before Christmas and I was left heartbroken. I had her for 15 years and she was the apple of my eye. We pretty much spent 24 hours a day together.”
When Ian heard the story about Kai, a Shar-Pei crossbreed, and how and why he was abandoned at the Ayr train station in Scotland, his heart went out to the dog who he had never met before. How could anyone tie a dog to the railing outside of a train station and leave him behind with just a suitcase?
Ian was aware that hundreds of people were interested in adopting Kai after his story went viral. But for whatever reason, something inside Ian told him that he should go visit the Scottish SPCA and meet Kai.
“When I heard about Kai I knew the little guy needed a break but I never thought in a million years I’d get him,” he said. “I called the Scottish SPCA just to check he was OK and see if there was anything I could do to help.”
According to Alan Grant, the SPCA’s senior animal care assistant, hundreds of offers to adopt Kai came from far away as New York, Los Angeles, France, Spain and even the Philippines. But despite all of the offers, Kai and Ian seemed to be the perfect match.
“One of the reasons we chose Ian was, right from the start, he said he was interested in re-homing Kai but he would take our advice if we thought one of the many other dogs in our care would suit him better. It was really important for us to select an owner who wanted Kai for all the right reasons and had really thought through their decision to take on a rescue dog.”
After Kai was rescued by the SPCA, he needed surgery for entropion, a condition in which an eyelid turns inward so that eyelashes and skin rub against the eye surface, causing irritation and discomfort. Beyond his physical needs, SPCA was concerned to find a home for Kai where his emotional needs could be met.
After having been abandoned at the train station on Jan.2, Kai needed a human companion who he could trust and share his life with. For Ian, having been chosen among hundreds to be Kai’s new owner felt like having won the lottery — not out of chance, but because fate meant for Kai and him to be together. “I honestly think it was meant to be.”
As for their life together, Ian says that they will have an active and adventurous life.
“I work all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, driving wherever I’m needed in my van. Kai will come with me and when it’s appropriate I’ll let him out to run around and play safely while I work. Then we’ll jump back into the van together and head to the next place. We’ll be able to hang out all the time.
After announcing Kai’s new owner, SPCA’s Alan Grant commented that “we know Kai will have a fantastic new life with Ian and we couldn’t be happier for him.” As for Ian, he says that “it feels like fate that I’ve been able to rehome Kai and I’m not usually a believer in things like that.”