We first met Waldo on a cold February day. A Good Samaritan called us after noticing that Waldo seemed to be outside every time he passed by his house – even on the coldest winter days.
Our Humane Society Police Officers went to investigate and there he was … cold, alone and chained to his dog house. After several warnings to bring him inside were ignored by Waldo’s owner, he was brought to Animal Friends where he would be warm, safe and – most importantly – loved.
At first, he wasn’t sure what to make of his new surroundings. Although Waldo was very friendly, we could see that he was uneasy when meeting new people. Simple things like playing with toys, taking treats and even sleeping on a soft bed seemed to be entirely new to him.
But we knew that we could teach this sweet boy to love and trust.
It took time, but with patience and persistence from our staff and volunteers, Waldo slowly but surely learned that people could be good.
Before long, Waldo was experiencing so many new things. From trying on Halloween costumes to enjoying Puppuccinos and walking along our enrichment trail, Waldo was able to just be a dog for the first time in his life. He developed a love of chewing (toys and treats, of course!) and was always ready to cuddle with a trusted friend.
Just two weeks ago – after months of hard work – Waldo finally found his new home! Now, he will be spending the holidays in a warm and cozy house with a family who loves him.
But, there are still so many pets just like Waldo who are wishing for a home for the holidays. And, thanks to the generosity of a compassionate donor, every gift will be matched – dollar for dollar up to $5,000 – through Friday, Nov. 22.
Rescuing and rehabilitating animals who are facing behavioral, medical or other challenges takes a lot of time, energy and resources. And, no matter how long it takes or what it costs, we know it is worth every second … and every dollar.
Please, help us find a home for the holidays for the abused, neglected and abandoned pets in our region. Donate generously.