Injured pets have a hard time getting adopted. Sadly, that’s a truth when it comes to animal shelters.
People want healthy pets, affectionate pets — easy pets. Abused and poorly trained animals have much less of a chance of finding a forever home.
However, it can still happen. And as a story out of Mansfield, Texas, reminds us, sometimes “damaged” animals can make for a perfect match.
When Whiskey the pit bull came to the attention of Dallas-based animal-rescue organization Bull-Luv-Able Paws & Chi Wawas Rescue, she was originally known as Jessica. The Dallas Morning News reported that, at that point, the pooch was in rough shape.
See, the animal had been part of a dog-fighting ring and had played the worst part that a canine can in those nasty situations. She was a bait dog, thrown to other vicious fighting animals as part of their training.
At some point, her owners must’ve decided that she’d outlived her usefulness. But before they abandoned her, they shot her and left her for dead.
But while Jessica didn’t die, the firearm blast left horrible damage to her body. “In order to remove the bullets, the surgeon had to remove her leg all the way to the top of her shoulder bone,” Missy Redding, co-founder of Bull Luv Able Paws Rescue, explained to Digital Burndown.
Jessica eventually found her way into a foster home. Kristen Flora spent five months re-socializing the pup as she recuperated from her injuries.
“Watching her overcome so many obstacles was a joy,” Flora stated. “It’s inspirational to watch a dog with three limbs and a history of sadness love and just be without question or sadness or any of the things we experience as humans.”
Still, the future looked bleak for the doggo. Few people want an animal that has her kind of background.
Redding explained, “The chances of a tri-pawed, bait-dog pit bull being adopted was about one out of 100,000. We were not confident of her ever being adopted.”
Yet Jessica, who would be renamed Whiskey, did find a home — and perhaps the best one she could’ve ever hoped for. A man named Jeff Meyer adopted her.
Meyer could empathize with the dog’s plight: He had been born without part of his left arm.
He said, “As a child, and sometimes even as an adult, I was — am — looked at differently by people. Often they will ignore me out of fear of the unknown.”
“I know from experience how others will view her and knew that she needed her shot at happiness. Lucky for me, it’s just that.”
“She has brought a ton of happiness into our home.” And I’m sure you have brought her much joy as well, Jeff.
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