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Dog Abandoned In 90 Degree Heat Gets A Cool Name & A New Home

If you have ever road-tripped along the east coast, chances are you have gassed up at a Wawa. This week the chain’s iconic name took on a brand new meaning for one special dog.

On Wednesday afternoon, the handsome Pit Bull mix was abandoned in a crate with a bag of food and a piece of cardboard for shade outside a Wawa in Valrico, Florida.

Image Credit: ABC Action News


Customers rushing towards the soothing air conditioning of the store found him sitting in his wire cage, panting from the stifling 90 degree heat. The store manager contacted Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, and animal control officers were dispatched  to investigate the situation.

Image Credit: ABC Action News


Although the dog – aptly named Wawa by his rescuers – was timid initially, an animal services worker described him as “quite friendly” to ABC Action News. Wawa did not have a microchip or tags. Once examined, he was found to be well-fed and in good health.

Shelter staff estimate that he was likely out in the heat for only about an hour – a fact that may have saved his life.

The initial report from ABC on June 1 provided a phone number for those interested in adopting Wawa. Just four days later, a comment on a Hillsborough County Pet Resources Facebook post revealed that not only did he find a home this weekend, the couple who fell in love with him are also in the process of adopting a second dog from the shelter!

Wawa’s new dad wrote, in part:

“He is simply beautiful and has a great personality. I’m still trying to pick a name for him but for now it looks like it will be Buddy. I will post some pics of him when we get him home. He will get to meet his new “sister” Nala and if the other adoption goes through his other new little sister we adopted yesterday as well. These dogs are about to find out what love is in a good home!”

Congratulations Wawa a.k.a. Buddy!


H/T to People Pets

Featured Image via Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

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Written by Dina Fantegrossi
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