Pups can be dropped off at a pound or shelter with the worst, cruelest excuses. When Darwin the beagle pup was dumped at the city pound, it was said that he was left because he was 90 pounds and too fat, and that he was too old, despite only being seven or eight years of age.
When volunteers from Karma Rescue heard about this pup while he stayed at a kill shelter, they knew they had to step in. Obese pups often require extra care and have difficulty being adopted. When they rescued him, they were shocked – he was in such bad physical condition and could barely walk, implying he’d been neglected for a long time.
The pup was given medication to help weight loss and he was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. After weeks at the vet, the pup was taken into a foster home, where it was found the pup had severe separation anxiety. In order to help train away the negative behavior that came from that, the pup was enrolled in Paws for Life to train for 10 weeks with prisoners.
It wasn’t long in this program before the pup learned socialization skills, confidence in being left alone, crate training, and basic commands – and he even lost 25 pounds. Now, the pup is at a normal weight and is stronger physically and mentally! What a success story! Want to adopt Darwin? Find out how here, or support Karma Rescue and the Paws for Life program by making a donation here.
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