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Woman writes sweet letter to soldier forced to give up his dog

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What happens when your mother has passed away and you’re forced to give away her beloved dog because you've been deployed to Iraq?

You hope to find a compassionate woman like Kae Norman, who will understand your heartache and find your mom’s elderly animal a perfect new home.

Norman, the founder of Melbourne, Australia’s Rescued with Love, penned an open letter this week on her organization’s Facebook page to the unknown soldier forced to turn over Prinny, his mother’s dog, to animal welfare charity RPSCA.

You are probably going through more than what anyone can ever imagine – and I wanted to ease your mind by letting you know your Mum’s dog Prinny is safe and happy with us at Rescued With Love.I know your Mum passed away and I am so sorry for your loss. Losing parents is hell, and to have to give up Prinny and surrender her to the RSPCA because you had no option would have been an unbearable burden.I read your surrender form which came with her paperwork, and my heart broke for you, for Prinny and for your Mum. You wrote such beautiful things about Prinny, and what a gorgeous girl she is. You were right, she certainly is.

Norman noted that Prinny, at 12 years old, might be difficult to place in a new environment. She said the RSCPA did its best “for ages” to find a match before someone called Rescued with Love, which immediately set Prinny up — with a military veteran and his wife.

“Prinny has fallen in love with her dad, and he with her, and they are now inseparable, and very, very loved,” Norman said in her post. 

She goes on to say: 

I don’t know where you are, or how to find you to tell you Prinny is safe. Maybe this will find you. All I know is my throat ached when I read your writing on that form when you handed her over – and I could not try to let you know she is safe, and very happy. Stay safe soldier. Kind regards, Kae Norman, Founder, Rescued With Love Inc.

Norman posted the open letter, which received more than 7,400 likes and more than 2,800 shares, on Jan. 5. A day later, she provided an update relaying good news: “We found Prinny's Soldier and we have been in correspondence.”

Prinny’s new owners plan to contact “Marc when he is back in the country,” Norman said in her update post.

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