Winter, a bull dog was found shut inside of a vacant house without even a window cracked open. It was hot outside. She was dehydrated and scared. She was alone and had to wait for many years to adopt. Luckily, a NFL player adopted her.
Baltimore Ravens player Ronnie Stanley went to BARCS animal shelter with his girlfriend Emily and teammate Alexander Lewis to adopt a new dog. Stanley walked up to the front desk and told the staff that he was looking for a very special pet.
“We are looking for a dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable,” he said.
Everyone at BARCS was thrilled—there were so many dogs that had been sitting in the shelter for years, waiting for their perfect forever home. This included senior dogs, dogs who were physically imperfect, and dogs with ongoing medical issues.
The BARCS staff showed Stanley and Emily a few different dogs, but in the end, they chose 6-year-old Winter.
BARCS shared the entire heartwarming story on Facebook, and it quickly went viral. They wrote:
“Beautiful Winter is a dog who has spent most of her six years of life falling into sad, unfortunate situations. She was found on a vacant property, on a hot day with no electricity, or open windows. She was dehydrated and extremely frightened. Winter has a long, hanging belly, most likely a result of over breeding–something we see far too often at our shelter. Due to her age, her belly is not something that will ever tighten up. Female dogs with such characteristics are often passed by in our shelter–but not by Ronnie!
Ronnie’s thought on Winter’s belly, as recalled by our volunteers: ‘Well, that’s just what happens when you’ve had babies.’ He was much more interested in getting lots of face kisses from Winter and falling in love, rather than being worried about the appearance of her tummy. What a great guy!”
Winter—who Stanley renamed Lola—is loving her new home. She spends her days running around her big backyard and napping on the couch or her parents’ bed.
Stanley is grateful to BARCS for matching him with Lola, and he’s given back to the shelter in many heartwarming ways.
He adopted another dog from BARCS, a pot-bellied puppy named Rico. And in August 2017, Stanley participated in a fundraising campaign at BARCS where he matched donations up to $5,000.
Lola has found a wonderful home with owners who love her more than anything. Hopefully, more people will follow Stanley’s example and adopt dogs who may be older but still have plenty of love to share.
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Poor Millie was a very sick dog, and being a stray meant getting medical attention was going to be difficult. With no other options, Millie laid down in a grassy spot on the side of a road. Maybe she hoped that some kind passerby would see her and help, and thanks to Animal Aid Unlimited, Millie got the help she needed.
Animal Aid Unlimited is a name that many of our regular readers would probably know. They’re based out of India, and they do a lot of really amazing work with the really huge stray dog population there. As soon as they found out about Millie and how badly she needed rescue, they sprang into action, doing what they do best.
“When we found Millie she was unable to stand, lying collapsed in the rain by the side of the road. She was too sick to get out of the rain and find shelter,” Animal Aid Unlimited, India writes, we suspected she had an advanced case of pyometra – an infection in her uterus that when untreated can cause septicaemia and ultimately death.”
When they arrived to get her, it was raining pretty heavily, and the look on Millie’s face was one of pain, and helplessness. The rescue team covered her with a blanket, and brought her into the nearest animal hospital for treatment straight away.
Millie needed urgent surgery or else she would not survive. The very next day after surgery, Millie was up and about and seemed to be feeling loads better. It still took several weeks for the infection to completely clear her body, but she did make a full recovery.
If Animal Aid Unlimited had gotten to Millie even just a short while later, it really may have been a different ending for Millie’s story. Thanks to them, and the wonderful medical staff, Millie has another shot at a happy and healthy life.