Since he was a child, 69-year-old Art Shaul has made it his mission to rescue homeless dogs.
As a retired salesman, he’s now a full-time freelance dog rescuer in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Still, Shaul has gone far distances to save dogs who are at risk of being placed in shelters. He said it all started when he was a young boy.
“When I was a little kid, I had a dog die in my arms after it got hit by a car,” he told WFTS-TV. “That’s what got me going.”
Shaul’s passion for saving dogs has become pretty popular among his social network. Like many other canine rescuers, he doesn’t approve of the inhumane treatment of shelter animals.
Euthanasia is a big thing in overcrowded shelters, and Shaul is determined to make sure that every dog has a chance to live.
One of his most recent assignments involved a pregnant dog named Coralina, believed to be 8 to 10 years old.
She was heartlessly pushed out of a car in Kentucky, causing danger to her and her babies.
After hearing her story through a social media site called NextDoor, Shaul and a friend hit the road to save the abandoned pup.
On their way back down Interstate 75, Coralina started going into labor right in the backseat of Shaul’s minivan. The first puppy arrived soon after they crossed into Florida.
“I was scared and thrilled at the same time,” the animal activist said about the high-speed rescue.
“We had a knife and had to use that to cut the umbilical cords.”
A total of six miracle puppies came into the world during that trip. Since then, Shaul has found a loving home for each of them, including Coralina.
“Coralina will be spoiled rotten,” he stated. “And after what happened to her, she deserves it.”
Every dog deserves to live a long, healthy life, and sometimes human intervention cuts them short of that opportunity.
Fortunately, there are people like Shaul advocating for the betterment of these innocent animals while giving them a second chance at life.
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