“Grandpa” was abandoned and left to die at a Texas kill shelter. Had it not been for animal advocates and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, the emaciated, nine-year-old Heeler would have been led down a lonely hallway and put to sleep – an old soul who was scared, meek and suffering.
“His eyes tell his story,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization posted on Facebook as she diligently worked to transfer Grandpa to their partner veterinarian hospital in San Antonio.
For ten years, Grandpa lived outside tied to a chain. His grueling existence included weathering storms, enduring extreme heat and illness. As he grew older, he lost his hair, his back sloped down and somewhere one of his front legs had been amputated; barely supported by his mangled back legs Grandpa had been a poster dog of neglect, yet not one person ever tried to reach out and help.
“Our companion animals have no rights; no one to help dogs like Grandpa, at the mercy of someone who doesn’t care,” Stacey continued. “Just look at this poor soul …This bring tears to our eyes, knowing Grandpa’s life has been so awful.”
Grandpa is now in San Antonio and is safely out of the shelter. He is receiving medical care – most likely for the first time in his life. Veterinarians and the staff at the hospital say this senior has plenty of love to give and plenty of time to enjoy a new and improved life.
His arthritis will be treated to help him be more comfortable, and when he is well enough to travel to New York, he will be ready for a new home. Granpa is mellow, well-behaved, children and dog friendly.
Apply here to foster or adopt Grandpa
Let’s show Grandpa kind people do exist !
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