Abandoned and alone no more

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Imagine the horror when a landlord found Kane – an emaciated dog all alone inside an apartment. Kane had been abandoned, left behind by a family who was supposed to love him, care for him and be there for him forever. Inside the apartment, the toilet no longer had water in it, there was an empty bag of dog food that had been shredded, the walls and carpet were clawed up and garbage was strewn everywhere. Kane exhausted all his resources and energy to find food and water.

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Kane practicing his manners

Luckily, the landlord found Kane in the nick of time, and brought him to Pets Alive in May 2015. We immediately took him into our care and put him on extra feedings. His health slowly improved as he gained weight. We then had to work with him on his manners. He snapped when someone gave him treats, pulled hard on the leash and jumped on people when he greeted them. Kane was placed into our all-volunteer “Improving Adoptability” program, a program that works with dogs who have behavioral issues and improves their chances for adoption.

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Kane with his volunteer

One of our volunteers, Rich, fell in love with Kane and dedicated many hours working and playing with him. They would sit on the bench enjoying the day together, take walks on our trail through the woods, play in the yard and work on improving Kane’s manners.  The volunteer was not able to adopt Kane because he could not have another dog where he lived but he was determined to help Kane find his forever home. Kane quickly learned his manners and would look forward to his special time with his volunteer.

But one day, tragedy struck. We received very sad news that Kane’s special volunteer had suddenly passed away. Poor Kane had yet lost another person he loved – and we lost a very dedicated volunteer and friend. It became our goal to continue working with Kane in honor of Rich.

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Kane in his new home

Kane’s day finally came a year after his arrival at Pets Alive. In May, 2016, he found his forever home! No longer would Kane be hungry or cold, or wonder where his next meal was going to come from.

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Kane with his special friend

Thanks to your kindness, Kane now has a family that loves him very much – he even has a new kitty friend! We smile every time we see pictures of Kane in his home with his new family. We know that Rich is shining down on this boy too; he would be very proud of his buddy Kane!

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sueand mattyWritten by: Sue Bagley, Dog Adoption Coordinator

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