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Skeletal Dog Now Runs Free Across 10 Gorgeous Acres

Skeletal Dog Now Runs Free Across 10 Gorgeous Acres

 

Written by Dogs Deserve Better Georgia Representative Holly Bell

Titus was my first chained dog rescue. I drove by him unaware for three years, but one day God turned my head to see him chained in a backyard, through thick woods. When I found the house, Titus and I locked eyes and he started barking. I wanted to go to the door but my nerves got the best of me.

I could not stop thinking of him, and so I prepared brochures and dog treats and went to the door to offer my assistance for what I thought would be fence repair. But to my surprise, they wanted to surrender him!

Turns out that Titus was a house dog for the first year of his life, but when twins were born three years prior, they no longer had time for him. He hated being alone and separated from his family. Not understanding why they did that to him, he began to escape and then life got worse as he endured day after day on a chain. The family allowed me to meet him and commented “he is small, but we feed him.” He was so thirsty that he picked up his bowl and began pacing with it. I watched heartbroken as he drank two huge pans of water.

After getting a surrender form signed, former Dogs Deserve Better Rep. Pam Cheatham agreed to foster him. Titus enjoyed his freedom on Pam’s farm and learned many tricks very quickly. His blood test revealed heartworm and severe malnutrition, but he gained 12 pounds in 10 days under Pam’s care and found his forever home with a fantastic couple who recently lost their elderly shepherd. Titus, renamed Reagan, now lives inside with his family and enjoys 10 acres of freedom to run and play. Finally, the life he deserves!

Three Great Ways To Help Chained Dogs

1.  Volunteer: Dogs Deserver Better is seeking people to provide foster care, to adopt  and to investigate reports of neglect. Find out about volunteer opportunities.

2. Intervene for a Dog Near You: If you know of a dog in need, you may be his only hope and there are so many different ways to save a life.  Read 20 Ways to Help a Chained Dog

3. Donate: Dogs Deserve Better is a partner of the Harmony Fund and we’re raising money to carry out rescues and to push forward with an array of campaigns to ban round-the-clock chaining in several states.  There’s an old saying that “nothing is for free in this world” but we’d like to see a day when all dogs are ‘free.’  Please donate today.

This dog is on the verge of rescue. We truly need help in the form of foster homes and donations for so many dogs.

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6:02PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Reagan now has his forever home.

10:04AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Good result, why do people do this to their animals, it's much better to surrender them to better care.

12:20PM PST on Jan 18, 2014

Thank you so much!!! This has brightened my day and brought a smile to my face after I've been crying for hours. Keep it up!!! Saving one animal may not change the world, but it certainely changes that animal's world. Rock on!!!

2:52PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Bless you for rescuing him.

12:11PM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Thank you for helping him!

6:25AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

God bless everyone who has the presence of mind to stop and help an animal in need - and not ignore it and keep on walking.

2:31PM PST on Dec 3, 2013

Thank you for helping.

10:58AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Thank you for your help.

9:06AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thank you so much your helping. Love hug

9:01PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Thank you for helping this dog

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