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Crew Member Sees Puppy Sleeping In Rubbish & Knows It’s Meant To Be

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on April 1, 2024

Animals can enter our lives, destined to be with us. Some human-pet unions can happen unexpectedly, like the one in this story. A recent clean-up team encounter revealed a dog left abandoned in the trash, sparking an extraordinary act of kindness from one of the members. A Facebook post from the Missouri Department of Conservation detailed the event, where the Missouri Stream Teams, Beyond Housing, and local community members were assessing sites for a cleanup project and stumbled upon an unforeseen discovery amidst the debris.

Encased within a black plastic garbage bag amidst the refuse, a small puppy had been left, an act of cruelty that was fortunately intercepted in time by the compassionate individuals. The encounter was serendipitous, affirming the belief that animals find us when it’s meant to be. Among the crew, one individual, Stream Team Coordinator Brian Waldrop, was especially touched by the plight of the puppy found in such a dire situation.

Missouri Dept. of Conservation/Facebook

Recounting the experience to FOX 2 St. Louis, Brian expressed immediate affection for the puppy, “I was just down on my knees, picked him up, and fell instantly in love,” he shared. For Brian, encountering a dog in such a manner was a first. Despite the unusual circumstances of their meeting, he felt an immediate connection and made the decision to adopt the puppy himself, believing it was fate.

Missouri Dept. of Conservation/Facebook

Once home, a bath transformed the puppy from a seemingly yellow to a pristine white coat, showcasing the puppy’s endearing nature and soft fur, as described by Brian to FOX 2. While still contemplating a name for the dog, with suggestions like “Hefty” being floated around due to the circumstances of their meeting in the Hefty trash bag, Brian has affectionately been calling him “Dude.”

Missouri Dept. of Conservation/Facebook

Thanks to the clean-up crew and Brian’s willingness to provide a forever home to the puppy, this story ended happily!

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