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A Trail Of Food Was Laid Out For Puppy Who Was Withering Away

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 May 17, 2024

Strays struggle to take care of themselves. They must find food, water, and shelter in order to survive. It’s nearly an impossible task for most so we are grateful for stories like this one, where humans intervened before it was too late. One puppy was so starved that he spent his entire day scavenging for food, unfortunately without success. However, his luck was about to change. A group of rescuers learned of his plight and were determined to help. They were shocked to see him trying to survive on the leftovers discarded by park visitors.


Despite his continuous search, he couldn’t find enough to satisfy his hunger. But the rescuers were ready to make a difference. Initially, the weary dog was hesitant to approach them, uncertain of their intentions. He would retreat whenever they attempted to feed him, complicating the rescue effort.


The rescuers decided to gradually gain his trust by leaving food nearby and giving him space. He would typically grab the food and leave. This small step was the start of a breakthrough. The next day, they left more food near a kennel. While he ate the food, he avoided entering the kennel. However, a significant change occurred—he began to approach the rescuers without reluctance and even joyfully ran around them. They cautiously attempted to pet him and found that he enjoyed the affection.

Once he seemed comfortable, the rescuers managed to secure him in the kennel and transported him to a veterinary clinic for a thorough examination. The vets confirmed he was malnourished but free from serious illnesses, suffering only a mild fever likely caused by sleeping outdoors. The rescuers decided to continue his care at their home, where he received a warm bath to eliminate fleas. He soon began adjusting to a better life.


Despite his affection for his new caretakers, he remained fearful of others, trusting only them. The veterinarians suggested more playtime to help him heal from his past traumas. His new family bought him warm clothing and included him in activities like camping to introduce him to new settings and play opportunities.

Gradually, he became happier and more sociable, even warming up to strangers, which was wonderful to witness. His weight improved, and his foster parents regularly consulted the veterinarian to ensure his ongoing health. Having spent considerable time with him, his rescuers fell deeply in love and decided to make him a permanent member of their family.


We are so grateful that the puppy found his happily ever after with people who truly care about him. He is now living the wonderful life he has always deserved!

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