Editor's Note: The Gooch family learned shortly after Wednesday's broadcast that Denali was adopted by the other family.
ESTES PARK - An Estes Park family hit by hard times is hoping for some good news.
The dog they were forced to give up six months ago is now up for adoption in at the Boulder Valley Humane Society.
They saw the husky named Denali on Petline9 on Tuesday and sent us a newstip, saying they now have the means to care for their former pet.
However, getting her back may not be that easy.
After seeing the husky on 9NEWS at 4 p.m., families wanting to adopt her began calling the humane society.
One call stood out.
Heather Gooch and her family fell on hard times and had moved out of their home about six months ago.
"We've all taken a toll losing this dog," Gooch said. "Unfortunately, we were only allowed to take one of our two dogs with us. We had to choose our other husky who is 13. Her name is Mystique."
Seven-year-old Danali is younger and healthier than Mystique, giving her a better chance of being adopted. So they signed the papers and said goodbye.
"It was very, very emotional for me. It was one of the worst things I've ever had to do," Gooch said.
As the family kept working to get back on their feet, they couldn't stop thinking about the dog they loved for five years.
"We moved into a nice big house with a nice big fenced backyard and our first thought was, 'man, this would be a great place, and Denali would have really loved it here,'" Gooch said.
"We've had major flood damage to the bottom level of our house," Gooch said.
Only this time, the family is on solid financial ground and in the process of rebuilding their lives, but missing a member of their family.
Monday's segment on 9NEWS gave the Gooch's a glimmer of hope.
"It made me want to cry. I knew it was her right away," Gooch said.
She called the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, only to learn another family is first in line to adopt Denali.
"We just want a second chance. We want her back," Gooch said.
Humane Society spokesperson Lindsey Berlin says:
"We are aware of the situation with Denali and are in communication with all parties involved. In an effort to be sensitive to the families involved we are unable to provide any additional information at this time. The good news is Denali is going to end up in a happy loving home."
Gooch hopes, somehow, that home will be hers.
"I'm hoping to reconnect this piece of my family back with us," Gooch said.
9NEWS checked with several metro area shelters and all have a similar policy where a dog owner signs a form surrendering their dog, and the owner then gives up their ownership rights.
If they have second thoughts for any reason, they have to go through the adoption process just like everyone else.
The other family that is first in line to adopt Denali has 24 hours to make a decision.
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