Gunner, who looks eerily similar to Ace, is another pit that was down to his last couple of days at the shelter. They knew that we (Last Hope Rescue) were working hard to find someone to foster him, so the shelter workers kept pushing his last day back, but even with their help we were seriously running out of time. Last week we were contacted by a wonderful girl that said she would be willing to foster him for us. This was what we had been praying for!
Today I went out to meet Gunner, check out his new home, and bring his foster mom some food, flea and heart worm medicine. She was such a sweet girl. She has three other dogs (all that she rescued!) and two cats. Gunner fit in wonderfully with her “pack” and was clearly the happiest he had ever been in his short life.
Before he landed at the shelter Gunner lived his life at the end of a very short rope, out in the yard with no shelter at all, and seriously starved for attention. As you can see in the picture below, he obviously endured abuse in addition to his neglect. We suspect that the scars you see are acid burns. In spite of this, Gunner is quick to give kisses and really is unbelievable happy-go-lucky.
If Gunner hadn’t gotten “got” by his foster mom, there is no way of knowing how much more time the shelter would have given him, though it undoubtedly was not much. If I haven’t mentioned this before, fosters save lives. As a foster all that is required of you is your love and attention. Whatever rescue you help, whether it be Last Hope Rescue, or some other organization, really will provide you with all you will need to care for the dog. There are always dogs in need, but rarely people willing to foster. It’s a matter of supply and demand. Sadly, there is much much more demand than supply.
Please, think about opening your home to a dog in need. There are so many wonderful dogs out there, like Gunner, that just need someone to give them a chance. And some love. You can be the difference between life and death. I promise you, it will be the most rewarding thing you have ever experienced.