People who work in shelter are no strangers to pets left at their door step. It’s the job, and it is a hard one. However, Maggie Morris of Project Purr Animal Rescue was not quite prepared for what she was about to witness in the parking lot of her shelter one fine day.
A poor Pit Bull was strapped to a pole behind the facility. His bed and bowl are with him, along with a small bag of dog food.
“My initial reaction was, ‘Where was I going to keep the dog?’” Morris said. “I felt bad for the dog being left behind. I believe the person who left him really couldn’t keep him,but wanted him to get help. He was well-fed.”
It was unwise for Morris to take in the dog, who would later be named Ranger. After all, they were a cat shelter with about a hundred kitties in their care.
“We took some heat for not bringing the dog into our building, but we seriously have 90 to 100 free-range kitties and nowhere for a dog to go,” Morris said.
But she did not turn him away. Instead, she took photos of Ranger and posted them on Facebook to garner support!
Then, she made arrangements for Ranger to be transferred to the city shelter, and the shelter workers promised to take care of him.
Fortunately, Morris’ Facebook post of the Pit bull went viral. Word reached Ginny Leclair, an independent rescuer, who later on stepped up to help Ranger.
She took Ranger in, but he proved to be a bit more stubborn than what she had expected.
This was Ranger when she was found outside the cat shelter, strapped to a pole.
“I had my doubts at first about his disposition and temperament,” Leclair said. “But on the third day, I was like, ‘Wait a minute. He needs a job. He needs to know who’s in charge.
”This is not one that you can be all cutesy with and baby talk with and feed him and he’ll be fine. Ranger needs to know, ‘Hey, I belong to you. You’re in charge of me. This is what we’re going to do.’”
Leclair provided all his needs physically and emotionally, and her efforts paid off!
“He’s doing so much better,” Leclair added. “He can now walk past other dogs without there being a fight. And he plays in the yard. He initiates play. I can take a toy from his mouth. I can take away his food dish. And I can take away his water while he’s drinking.”
Initially, Leclair wanted to just foster Ranger. But she fell in love with him and she’s keeping him! After all, who can take care of Ranger better than the person who trained him to be a better dog?
“His needs to belong,” she furthered. “He does his best to please you. And if you know what to ask of him and how to reward him, he’s right there by your side.”
May there be more dogs like Ranger who finds forever home.