Woman committed suicide day after asking rescue to rehome her dog

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Shortly after asking a Missouri rescue group to find a new home for her dog, a cancer-stricken woman committed suicide. The heartbreaking news came just a day after Stray Rescue of St. Louis posted a letter written by 46-year-old Crystal Chrisp.

The tragedy

On Monday, the rescue group had posted two photos – one of a senior dog named Shell, and the other of a letter from Shell’s owner, asking for a loving new home to be found for the dog.

In the letter, Chrisp explained that she had lost her battle with cancer – she wrote, “I need for my baby girl to be taken care of in a home…In these days all I do is worry about what’s going to happen to her. I love this girl, she is my daughter.”

According to Fox 2 News, Chrisp’s body was discovered on Tuesday inside of a burning apartment in Affton.  Chrisp had died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The silver lining

Chrisp’s dying wish was that her beloved dog would find a new home – and she did. According to the rescue group, Shell has already been adopted. The agency wrote:

 “A wonderful lady saw the news segment and knew it was time for her to adopt after losing her Stray Rescue dog Trenton, in July. She just felt so drawn to her. Wasting no time, she filled out an application and was here the very next morning. The two of them hit it off and she knew it was definitely the right time. She says Shell is already running the house, and that they are inseparable. We are honored to have fulfilled the final wish of her Mom, who is no longer with us. We promise she will be spoiled for the rest of her life.”

Shell’s former owner

Sharon Hyster-Harris was friends with Crystal Chrisp. Hyster-Harris told KMOV News that Chrisp had beaten breast cancer several years ago, but she recently learned that the cancer was back. She said, “I think she just decided she couldn’t deal with it anymore.”

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(Image via Stray Rescue of St. Louis FB page)

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  1. It is a Blessing that Shell was able to transcend into another Loving and Caring Family so soon!!! The Rescue and the Community Has Gone Above and Beyond to accomplish this .. I some feel Crystal knows that Shell is being provided for!!! God Speed Crystal your are a Peace … and you will see Shell again..

  2. This is a huge concern of mine. I have 11 cats,a dog,and a few chickens and goats. I know my kids cannot take any of them. I don’t know what to do. One of my kids suggested I start rehiring them now! I’m in reasonably decent health,though I’m 65. Some of the younger cats could outlive me….I don’t know what to do…????

    • I would post on Facebook, your local community might have an ALL Animals Lost & Found or similar, you seem to be ok, but you might as you say find yourself in a few years time with fewer animals-but try to avoid getting anymore. Also try googling “nextdoor” and see if your local area has a site for local residents to post and answer messages. If you have life ins. or other funds there are organizations that will offer permanent homes in case of owner’s demise.

  3. I am crying as I read this… God bless you Chrystal..you lived to see you’re precious Shell go to another living home.. you’ll see one another again at the rainbow bridge…. wish there were more people like you????????????????????????


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