13 of the Most Amazing Pet Rescue Stories From 2016
We love a good animal rescue story. It makes us so happy to read about a dog saved from a high-kill shelter, a cat being saved from torture, or even a former circus lion touching grass for the first time after being rescued. We love animals deeply and want the best for them, and while we've seen a whole host of pet rescue stories this year, these 13 stories touched our hearts the most. From a senior dog who was abandoned at the end of her life to a dog viciously tortured and left to die, these stories all have one thing in common: a happy ending. Read through to see our favorites.
The dog whose vet kept her company in her cage
In case you missed it, there was an abandoned dog in Georgia that was so scared to eat breakfast that her veterinarian climbed into the cage to keep her company and encourage her to eat. When Dr. Andy Mathis met this pup, now called Graycie, she was sick and afraid and on the verge of needing to be put down, but he wouldn't give up on her.
The puppy at the baseball stadium
A puppy abandoned at a baseball stadium might sound like the beginning of an Air Bud movie, but it actually happened to poor little Daisy — and now she's destined to stay there for life. When she was found wandering the parking lot of Grayson Stadium in Savannah, GA, the president of amateur baseball team the Savannah Bananas decided to adopt her.
The abandoned shelter dog
We heard about Bobby, a 1-year-old terrier mix at Miami-Dade Animal Services, and how his family dumped him at the shelter last December. Volunteers at the shelter dressed him in a festive green sweater for Christmas in hopes that a new family would take him home and show him the love he desperately needs. But by the time February rolled around, Bobby was still at the shelter and his time was running out.
The deaf puppy who found a deaf owner
Shelter animals with disabilities often have a hard time finding homes, but it was love at first cuddle for deaf puppy Walter and his new owners, Julia and Chrissy Vasquez. This heartwarming video from the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA shares Walter's rescue story, which has an extra inspiring angle: his young new human is also deaf, and together Walter and Julia are taking the world by storm.
The rescued dogs who comforted each other
Earlier this year, a dog was found in the streets in South Carolina with gaping wounds and nearly dead. The good people at Paws and Claws Clinic took the dog in, named him Sammie, and worked tirelessly to help him out. He and another rescue, Simon, became fast friends when Simon came to comfort Sammie.
The senior dog who was left behind
When we heard about a senior dog and a younger dog that were rounded up as strays and brought to a shelter in California a couple months ago, we were absolutely heartbroken at what happened next. According to The Sacramento Bee, both dogs belonged to the same family, and when they came to claim them, they ended up surrendering the senior dog in favor of the younger one.
The dog rescued from a meat farm
In mid-February 2016, Humane Society International was able to shut down a Korean dog-meat farm — cold, exposed to the elements, and stuck in cages for their entire lives, the dogs who were rescued had never experienced human kindness.
One of the rescues, a Golden Retriever named Casey, had a much different reaction to her newfound freedom than any of the other meat farm rescues. While her furry peers were frightened and unsure about life outside a tiny cage, Casey responded well to humans, leashed walks, and even a regimented bathroom schedule.
The dog covered in glue
This pup was tortured, drowned in glue, and left for dead. The glue hardened and nearly killed Pascal by cutting off his circulation, but thankfully some gracious rescuers picked him up to save him. He'Art of Rescue has worked tirelessly to cut off all of Pascal's fur to remove the glue, and surprisingly the dog is doing OK.
The fire department dog
Looking at Jake the Hanahan, SC, firehouse dog now, you can't really tell the rough life he once had. When he was just a pup, Jake nearly died in a shed fire before being rescued by firefighters. Even worse, his family abandoned him after that. Luckily, Jake was rescued by firefighters again!