Dolly Parton drew a huge crowd at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK last week. But her performance wasn’t what made headlines. Instead, the country singer’s offer to adopt a dog found abandoned at the festival attracted attention.
According to a report from the Guardian, a white dog was found in one of the 5,000 tents left behind at Worthy Farm during a cleanup sweep of the 1,200-acre site.
The dog was taken to Happy Landings Animal Shelter and nicknamed “Dolly” after Parton, who headlined the Pyramid Stage at the major music event.
Colin Williams, who found Dolly in a green tent at the festival site, told the Shepton Mallet Journal that the dog was left with a little dry food. When Williams found water for the pup, she lapped it up quickly. “That dog could have died,” Williams told reporters. “We know dogs die in hot cars, so she could have died in that hot tent.”
Parton said she had her manager call Happy Landings Animal Shelter to check in on the dog, and also offered to adopt the pooch if no one claimed her. The performer said she was “honored and flattered” that the dog was named after her.
When Dolly was brought to Happy Landings, she was extremely stressed and did not sleep for days. The shelter said that if Dolly’s family surfaced, they would face neglect charges with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
This morning, Dolly Parton announced that the dog was back home with her family. “The true [family] did come forward,” Parton told the Today show. She said a “language barrier” prevented them from coming forward sooner.
Although Parton had offered to adopt the dog, it turned out that the dog, at 15 years old, was too old to travel overseas.