When Polo the four-year-old pitbull was quickly adopted from the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, or ACCT Philly, in March after being brought in as a stray, everyone thought he’d found his forever home.
But after failing to get along with the house cat and getting into a fight with the pup of the neighbor, Polo was sent back, and with these details on his history, no one was interested in adopting him again. As a result, she was time-stamped – or, in other words, given a date to be put down.
The director of Sarama Animal Rescue, Laura Miller, found out about this cuddle-loving, cheerful pup’s situation and she sympathized deeply with the pup. She knew that, while the incident couldn’t be dismissed, those actions did not represent Polo’s entire personality. But without a foster home for him, there was nothing Miller and her rescue organization could do. She needed a foster family that could handle his issues and help with his training.
Miller found herself checking around the clock for rescuers, and she woke up every morning terrified that he’d been put down, hoping against hope that someone would haved him. Meanwhile, staff and volunteers at ACCT also worked hard to get the word out on Polo. They set up a training fund for those who would take him in and posted his pictures and story on social media. They even extended his time stamp a total of four times.
But no one responded – until the very last minute. On the day of Polo’s scheduled euthanization, a dog trainer reached out to Miller and said she would like to foster him. Miller spoke to her and found that she sounded like the perfect match for Polo. Soon, she and a friend were rushing to ACCT to pick Polo up and send him to his new home. Polo was so excited to be out of the shelter and gave everyone kisses!
Polo has done very well in his new home. He does fantastically with people and his tail is always wagging. While he still needs a forever home, for now, he’s safe with his foster parent, thanks to the determination of staff and volunteers to save him!
Feature Image Source: ACCT Philly