Pet Rescue Stories

Dog Rescue Stories: Hero Found His Heroes

By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor

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I was sitting on my computer, scrolling through my Facebook just like any other day, when this little, battered dog came up on my feed. My heart broke. He was such a handsome dog. The nameless pup curled up in the corner was nothing but a shell and looked as if he had just completely given up. I thought “I am going to save this dog.” I called my husband in tears – as we already have two rescued dogs and work full time. He said “I am sorry, Hun, we just can’t take in three.” I said “Fine, I will foster and we will find him a home.” My husband agreed on those terms – foster only.

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And so it began. I was determined to pull this guy out of his California shelter. I did not know how much longer he had – but in his state, probably not too long. I called the shelter to get more information on him. They didn’t know much, just that he had a severe case of mange, needed vet attention for various wounds, was shut off from everyone, malnourished, and that he had been hit by car and brought in. As I listened to the lady tell me this- I was broken inside. This poor little guy had been through it all. She asked if I wanted him. I said yes, but I needed to make arrangements, as I live in Vancouver BC. She told me to make them fast.hero-1

At this point, I reached out to everyone that I knew in the rescue community. Sadly, going into summer, everyone had their plates full and wallets were tight. I reached out to a rescue called L.E.A.S.H Animal Welfare Society, where I adopted my little chihuahu, Nyx, and have done some volunteering. I told them my story and asked what can I do , how do I get him here, etc. They told me what needed to be done, but the costs where going to be far too high for them to cover, as he needed to be vetted for at least two weeks to be well enough to come to Canada. So I said, “what if I fundraise for him??” They agreed and said they would help if I could raise funds. Within the hour, he was pulled out of the shelter and headed to his much needed vet care.hero-4

I began fundraising and turned to Instagram, and some pretty amazing people and companies stepped up to donate prizes. We held a three day auction via my Instagram account (@thevandogdiaries) and raised over $1500 for my little man. I called the vet office every few days to check on him. I had named the dog with no name “Hero”, as I knew he needed a hero of his owb and a strong name. Finally, the day came where he got to come home and meet me.hero-7

I was all set to pick him up. His transport was late and the anticipation of meeting him grew. I wanted nothing more than to open his kennel and have him jump into my arms and cuddle and lick me. Everyone told me to stop thinking that way – he is going to have fear issues and possibly aggression issues. I said that was fine and I could handle it. Finally, the car pulled up. I ran and opened the door – I am pretty sure the car was not even stopped yet. I opened his kennel and low and behold my sweet Hero jumped into my arms and just licked and licked me. At that moment I thought “nope, you’re mine !!! From day one, I fought for this little guy, he knew it, and he fought for me and got himself better.hero-5

I brought him home and introduced him to my pack. I was ready for him to be aggressive or defensive, so I had my house divided up, just in case. But it was like he was a long lost pack member! He openly greeted them and they accepted him instantly. I was amazed!!! My dogs are well socialized, but they enjoy humans more than other dogs. It just reassured how ‘meant to be’ Hero is for our family.hero-6

It has not been easy. Hero has demons and you can see that they affect him sometimes. We joke that he has ‘doggie depression’ and walks are his drug. But we learned his body language and give him space when he needs it. He has been a little joy in our pack and I would not have done anything differently.hero-3

Hero is my shadow and we have a bond like no other – the admiration in his eyes when he looks at me breaks my heart. He thanks us everyday – and if you are lucky enough to get Hero cuddles, you will find out he actually cuddles you. He holds you in his paws, head on your chest and sighs out of happiness. Even though my husband was not 100% on board in the beginning, I can now catch the two of them cuddling on the couch.

It’s a perfect beginning to what have could been a horrible ending.

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