Remember Stanley, Our New Yearís Inspiration?

Right before Christmas, a white dog without a name sat dejected in a California shelter with 24 hours left to live when Cathy Stanley from Camp Cocker came along and decided to do just one thing for just one dog.

She took a video of him and posted it online. The nameless dog was named Stanley and, unbeknownst to him, his story went viral. He touched the hearts of thousands, moved many of us to tears and quickly more people decided to do just one thing…for just one dog…

Former breeders gone rescue Dave Schofield and his wife Joanne, of Respect-A-Bull in Port Alberni, BC, were among those people. They volunteered to take him and lined up a foster home where Stanley is now happily getting treated for mange and has recovered from eye surgery. He can now see the world in a whole new way, literally.

While Stanley’s learning to navigate his new life and things like stairs and snow, Schofield points out that while Stanley is going to be just fine, the story of just one dog isn’t just about one dog. It’s about all of the other Stanley’s out there waiting to find forever homes and the importance of looking to shelters and rescues when looking for a dog, along with understanding the responsibility that comes with having a dog. 

On January 5, just a few days after Stanley hit the web, Respect-A-Bull wrote, “almost 80,000 people have watched Stanley’s video “Just One Dog”.  Hundreds of people have offered to adopt him. People around the globe have cried for him and cheered him on. But Stanley’s story is not special. There are thousands of dogs who are just like him sitting right now in shelters across Canada and the US. Thousands of those dogs will not have the happy ending that Stanley will have. However, if a fraction of people who offered to take in Stanley rescue a dog from a shelter or rescue group, Cathy’s message “just one dog” can become so much more than just one dog.” 

With up to an estimated 8 million animals hitting shelters annually, just one person doing just one thing can make an impact.  

Check out Respect-A-Bull and follow Stanley’s story on their blog.  



Cindy C.
Cindy C7 years ago

AW I want to cry, aw god bless them and wow I am happy about the lovely ending to the story for a change. Thank you for this, as it has cheered me up.

Pam J.
Pam J7 years ago

I have followed Stanley's story from the beginning. His first photos brought tears to me eyes, in part because I have 2 pitbulls that we adopted from our local animal shelter and they weren't in the greatest shape when we brought them home. Tell the 80,000 people who offered to adopt Stanley to go to their local animal shelter or rescue group. There are many, many, many more Stanleys out there needing homes. By saving a life, you will enrich your own life tenfold.

Kristen R.
Kristen R7 years ago

You're right - Stanley's story is not unique. Thanks for reminding all of us of the plight of homeless animals in shelters.

Sini K.
Past Member 7 years ago

Noted and sign !

Animal A.
Animal Activist7 years ago

what beautiful stories!
Please sign my petition urging the Canadian government to include animal rights in the constitution.

Sara R.
Sara R.7 years ago

you guys are amazing - I posted this in the UK and was hoping to s some amazing now piccies :-)

Virginie DURIS
Virginie Duris7 years ago

Très belle histoire et quelle chance pour Stanley!!!!!!

Sharon J. K.

May A thousand blessings happen to all those who love and rescue the abused, the abandoned, the lonely, the persecuted and the overworked and who inspire the resit of us to stay on the front-lines in the fight to bring justice to all creation.

Kersty E.
Kersty E7 years ago

I love reading good positive stories like this. I have just 3 cats, who probably wouldn't be alive if they hadn't been rescued from a busy road in time, after a 4th sibling was killed by a car. The internet is a wonderful tool. Our SPCA, in co-operation with shelters and rescue centres find more homes for animals through online advertising than by any other means.

Elaine Dixon
Elaine Dixon7 years ago

I love a happy ending story for an animal we don't have enough of them.. And that is so sad...