It’s often a tragic situation when stray animals wander up to humans, especially when they have visible injuries or health problems. It’s almost as though they know that people can help them. Sadly, not everyone does.
One elderly dog was lucky enough to have someone call for help after he showed up in a parking lot in California.
The dog was sick, struggling to breathe, and his face was severely swollen. In fact, it was so swollen that when rescue workers tried to gain his trust with a cheeseburger, he was unable to see or smell the food. But at last, the poor dog was able to eat a little.
In spite of how sick he felt, he crept closer to his helpers and started to wag his tail.
Eventually, they were able to slip a leash over his head so they could take him to a vet for medical care. With that motion, the poor abandoned dog became known as “Wally.”
When they got him to a facility, they realized he was fitted with a microchip. So, they gave his owner a call. What they learned was heartbreaking.
His facial swelling was really bad and medical tests revealed that Wally had pneumonia.
The rescuers asked the owner why he was in such bad condition.
“She said he lives outside where kids throw firecrackers at him and that’s why he keeps running away,” said a video from Hope for Paws, the rescue organization that took Wally in.
The people who found him were angered by the owner’s treatment of the poor, sick dog. In fact, the woman didn’t want anything to do with him. She had no interest in taking him back, let alone providing him with proper care.
“She got mad, yelled at us, and said she doesn’t want that old dog anyway,” said the video from Hope for Paws.
Even though Wally’s story started out tragic, it has a happy ending.
He was taken to a veterinary facility where he received the best treatment possible. His pneumonia was treated and he was given plenty to eat. He was also provided a safe place where he wasn’t abused, only loved and cuddled. Even better, he was soon adopted by a family who had another dog. Once left lonely and wandering around, Wally now had both human and canine friends.
Wally was looking healthy and happy.
His face was no longer swollen, he had gained weight, and he was able to breathe easily once again. He was happy to romp around and get petted by the people who rescued him when he was sick, in pain, and needing help.
Hope for Paws is a not-for-profit animal rescue facility based in Los Angeles.
The facility rescues dogs, cats, and other animals that are homeless and in need. They provide sick and friendless animals with the best possible medical care and help them find homes. Even more exciting, they help them experience what it’s like to be loved and cared for. They’ve helped thousands of animals like Wally find forever homes.
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