This is Patrick. He was found a few weeks ago by a caring community member when he limped into her nursery looking for help. He was wounded, cold, shaking. The finder knelt down and he just leaned into her soaking up the love and gentle touch. She said he was so sweet and gentle and wanting to be loved. He was clearly very injured to she got him to the shelter right away. What they found suggests that this young dog has not lived the best life so far. When they cleaned him up they found over 100 bite wounds on him. They also found old injuries indicative of trauma (perhaps being hit by a car it was speculated). While at the shelter Patrick has shown nothing but affection and sweetness with the humans he has met.
He is not as fond of other dogs (can we blame him?!). During the day, he seems to do just fine in his kennel at the shelter, but at night when everyone goes home he is finding ways to escape, which makes it tough for the shelter to safely house him. This tells us that Patrick is likely afraid of being alone. The shelter cannot house him very long without creating a safety risk for him and other dogs and our sanctuary is full. We have a few days to find a loving home for Patrick with no other pets and ideally where someone is around most or all of the time.
Our team will work closely with Patrick’s new home to set him and them up for success and make sure everyone, especially Patrick, has what they need – but we need that special person to come forward. We know how rare it is to find a dog loving, experienced home that does not already have other dogs, but we have to try for Patrick. He needed help to save his life from whatever hell he was living in and he found an angel named Cheri. She got him to safety and he got the medical attention he needed and is now on our radar. This guy is trying so hard to save his own life. He wants to live and he deserves to know what it feels like to live free of pain and fear, to know the joys of a family, soft beds, good treats and for someone to tell him he’s a good boy.
Someone you know may be the miracle he is waiting for so if you could please share Patrick. And please, even if you can only foster Patrick, don’t delay in reaching out to us. Time is not a luxury he has. I know we can do this for Patrick! And by the way, when you strip away the heartbreak and urgency he is facing right now, the good news is that he is a young, sweet, highly treat motivated dog who just soaks up human attention and affection. Photos show him when he was found, and now after being treated. Patrick is in Santa Maria, CA right now, but we are willing to transport across CA, OR or WA for the right home. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org right away if you are the friend he has been waiting for.