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Skinny Puppy Found On Train Tracks Learns He’s Getting His Wish

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 January 8, 2024

When a tiny, 10-pound puppy was found after being abandoned on some train tracks, he looked like a walking skeleton. The sweet little fighter, later named Maverick, had clearly been through quite the ordeal. Thankfully, Second Chance Rescue stepped in once he was brought to the shelter and took Maverick to a medical clinic in Georgia. At the facility, he received the care and attention he needed to recover from his traumatic past. The rescue organization reached out to a potential foster parent in New York, who eagerly agreed to take in Maverick.


Maverick’s new foster mom, Nicole, had been advocating for rescue dogs but had never fostered one herself. Her husband, Cam, knew that opening their home to a dog in need would be the best thing for them. Maverick’s story struck a chord with both of them. With the support and love of his foster family, Maverick was soon ready to make the journey from Georgia to his new foster home in New York.

Upon his arrival, Maverick’s foster family didn’t know what to expect in terms of his personality. They were prepared to give him space and time to decompress from his ordeal. However, they were pleasantly surprised to find that Maverick was a happy, playful, and affectionate puppy. He quickly bonded with Nicole and Cam, showering them with kisses and cuddles.


Maverick’s appetite was another pleasant surprise. He devoured his first meal so quickly that his foster parents had to purchase a food puzzle to slow him down. Despite his traumatic past, Maverick displayed an incredible resilience and zest for life. He was a cuddly and funny sleeper, often contorting himself into various positions. Nicole and Cam marveled at how this brave puppy had been through so much yet still managed to be such a loving and happy companion.

As Maverick’s time with his foster family drew to a close, they found it increasingly difficult to think about saying goodbye. However, they knew that they wanted to continue fostering and saving other dogs in need. Eventually, a perfect adoptive parent came forward, and after meeting Maverick, she knew she had to have him.


The adoption process was emotional for everyone involved. Maverick’s foster mom sobbed as she said her goodbyes, knowing that she had played a crucial role in his journey to a loving, forever home. Maverick’s new mom was equally emotional, grateful for the opportunity to give this resilient puppy the life he deserved.

In the end, saying goodbye to Maverick was the right thing to do. He now has a wonderful, loving home with his adoptive mom, and his foster family has opened their doors to continue fostering and saving other dogs in need. Maverick’s story is too good to miss! Watch his compelling journey unfold in the video below.

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