Friday, May 21, 2010

Gunther's Story - Why Every Rescue Counts!

Gunther's Story - A Very Happy Update

Gunther is one of many dogs that has been helped by the Saving Shelter Pets Transport Committee. He went to rescue a few months ago, as part of Transport #79. His picture tells a sad and sadly common story of life at the end of a short chain. In the picture, poor Gunther’s surroundings look dusty and sparse, yet his eyes look hopeful. It would be easy enough to shrug your shoulders, think that this is just the face of too many animals that all share this type of existence, and then forget. Fortunately for Gunther (and many other pups), the dedicated supporters of Saving Shelter Pets recognize that each of these pictures is of a real dog with real hope for gaining the attention of a compassionate human hand, for even just a minute. And so, this past March, Gunther and the rest of Transport #79 received their funding for rescue and started on a new path!

Despite the limited care and attention he had known, and an understandably timid disposition, Gunther impressed the caregiver at his rescue facility with a special warmth and personality. You can imagine that, despite some anxiety over this new situation, his hope for lasting comfort and security was growing. His caregiver selectively found a family that she thought was a perfect fit for him, and finally Gunther went home!

These days, Gunther is a million miles away from the dismal 24/7 life on a chain that he used to live. His family gives him companionship, training, affection and comfort. He’s learning to sit and heel, going for long walks, and getting regular health care treatments. These are the basic necessities that every dog (and everyone in general) deserves to experience. We’re delighted to see Gunther at home with a good family!

For all the Gunther’s out there that have gotten a second chance at a great life, we’re so happy for you and thankful that you made it. For all those dogs still waiting for your second chance, you’re just a rescue transport away from the happiness you deserve!

A heartfelt thank you to all our family, friends, and dedicated supporters for making animal rescue and rehabilitation a reality!

About Saving Shelter Pets:Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.

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