Homelessness among animals is a persistent issue, even in the most affluent nations. It is a cause for concern since the population of stray animals, including cats and dogs, continues to grow every day.
Despite the existence of animal shelters, it is insufficient to accommodate all of the animals in dire need of a safe haven. Nonetheless, we express our gratitude to the non-profit organizations, groups, and individuals who have stepped forward to reduce the number of stray animals, particularly those living on the streets.
Compassionate individuals are employing every available means to address animal homelessness, one rescue at a time. With the soaring temperatures outdoors, homeless animals are more vulnerable to sickness and starvation. Fortunately, rescue heroes are ubiquitous.
It all started with a phone call.
One day, Lisa Arturo and Lisa Chiarelli, animal rescuers based in LA, received a call from a concerned citizen who reported a stray dog wandering in their vicinity. Unfortunately, instead of providing the dog with food and water, some locals attempted to drive him away from the neighborhood by hurling rocks at him.
Therefore, on a Memorial Day weekend, the two rescuers wasted no time and drove to South Central to rescue the dog from his plight. Upon arriving in the area, their initial plan was to wait for about 20 to 30 minutes until the dog shows up, but it didn’t go as planned. To search for him, they decided to drive around the neighborhood, search through alleys, and ask people if they had seen a homeless dog around.
They searched for approximately five hours but ended up empty-handed, the homeless dog didn’t show up. The determined rescuers called it a day but asked the woman who reported the dog to leave a small blanket on the front porch.
Fortunately, the trick worked!
The next day, the woman once again spotted the homeless dog lying in the blanket she had left on her front porch. The two rescuers immediately drove to the house where the dog had been seen last.
When they first laid eyes on the poor pup, he appeared to be very frail and unwell, with no more fight left in him.
“He just surrendered, he didn’t care,” Lisa said. To them, it seemed as if the dog was communicating, “Do whatever you want with me.”
We can only imagine the difficult life the helpless-looking dog had to endure on the streets. He had already lost his will to live, perhaps due to the mistreatment he received from people who viewed him as worthless.
Thankfully, his suffering came to an end. When the rescuers saw the homeless dog up close, they were heartbroken by his terrible condition.
“He was covered in scabs and wrinkles to the point where his eyes were not visible,” the rescuer described the pitiable state of the dog. “His face was so sunken in that we could not determine his age.”
Knowing that the dog needed medical attention, the rescuers immediately took him to a veterinarian. There, they discovered that the dog had skin and eye infections which only strengthened their resolve to give him the best possible care.
After some time, the dog finally learned to trust his rescuers. The first indication that he was starting to open up to them was when he wagged his tail, a clear sign of happiness. As he received more care and attention, his hair began to grow back and he became even more handsome than before.
Finally, the time had come for him to meet his new adoptive parents.
The saved dog was shortly made available for adoption and it didn’t take much time for a family to fall in love with him. He was eventually adopted and effortlessly blended with the family and their other pet dog.
Soon enough, he was back to being a happy dog again, the one who was lively, active, and full of vitality. He’s precisely what his new parents described him as, “He’s such a silly dog!”
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