Out of the Darkness: Dog’s First Valentine’s Day
All week long we’ve been bringing you stories of dogs rescued from their lonely lives on chains. Today we have another wonderful ending for you and a ray of hope for the chained dogs who wait for someone to whisk them away.
Let me introduce Lindsay, whose name was originally Liquor. She was found tied to a rafter in a dark barn and there were 10 other dogs on the property. Dogs Deserve Better Representative Melody Whitworth investigated the case with some trepidation but was able to turn things around rather quickly.
“Lindsay and three others were relinquished to us,” Melody explains. “Though the owner declined to release them all, we made sure that all of the dogs were given complete veterinary care and professionally groomed. Food was provided for all of the dogs and a chain link fence was built so that they could run about freely.”
It’s often the case that owners refuse to surrender their dogs and we have no legal authority to seize them, but this does not have to be the end of our efforts to help. There are many ways to improve the life of an outdoor dog with fencing, weatherized housing, veterinary care, toys, volunteers to walk the dogs and, of course, plenty of good food. And for the very luckiest dogs like Lindsay, a whole new world opens up.
Remarkable Transformations Take Place
When Lindsay first arrived in the rescue program, her body was overwhelmed with all the physical signs of neglect. She was extremely thin, infested with fleas and had multiple types of worms. But despite the wear on her health, Linday’s spirit was remarkably resilient and her zest for life burst right through.
Today Lindsay is very affectionate and plays well with other dogs. Her Missouri foster home reports that she knows many commands and loves to swim in the pond. She and many other rescue dogs are available for adoption and would love to spend Valentine’s Day with a new family. See a list of adoptable dogs or perhaps you will consider saving a life by offering foster care for a chained dog waiting to come in from the cold. We currently have a list of 25 chained dogs whose owners have agreed to surrender them if only we could find foster homes to take them in.
Plans to Rescue Many More
There’s a tidal wave of chained dog complaints coming our way and we need help. Visit us here to make a donation to the rescue fund or to see more beautiful “before & after” photos.