On Thursday morning Hearts United for Animals received an email with a picture of a lonely, starved white Boxer. He had been held for several weeks in a small town pound pending the trial of an abuse/neglect case. The pound had no indoor space, only outdoor pens. Our hearts broke when we realized this dear boy had been out in the blizzard the night before. But the good news was that the case had ended, a plea had been reached and he was free to go to rescue. A local family heard of Noah’s plight and drove him two hours on the icy, snowy roads to safety at HUA. Noah huddled in the car with their daughter Kristin for the first warmth and comfort he had ever known. He arrived at 6:00 p.m. Thursday night.
John, who has worked at HUA for 10 years, said that he has not ever witnessed a dog in this bad of condition who was still alive. When Noah arrived he was weak, but his tail wagged with gratitude. He quickly gulped down several cups of food and soon settled into a pile of comforters that John warmed up in the dryer for him. John says that Noah is very sweet, all love and affection. He is skin and bones and has sores from severe parasite infestation. Scars were found on Noah’s neck and front legs, where we think he was bound with rope, possibly used as a bait dog or being trained to fight.
Friday night was the most special night of Noah’s life. Noah is 4 years old, and it was his first night ever spent indoors. His rescuers chose the name Noah for him because it means peace, rest and comfort, which Noah has been granted for the first time in his life.
Noah will have a long road ahead in his recovery. Most dogs would not have survived this far, but with excellent veterinary care, good food, comfort and love at HUA, we are hopeful that Noah will soon be plump, healthy and available for adoption to a family who will make up for all of the bad things that have happened to him. Most dogs take for granted that they will be loved, have a warm place to sleep and food to keep them healthy and strong. But Noah will never take his new found comforts for granted. He will always be grateful, because he knows what it means to do without, to barely survive, holding onto hope that there might be something better if he can just hang on. That something better has come for Noah. This is a new beginning, one he will treasure always.
Please watch the lovely YouTube video that Noah’s young rescuer made for him about his journey to HUA –
If you would like to help Noah on his journey to recovery please consider a donation for his care. Donations through the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor. Also, if you mention Noah in the comment section of the donation form you will be entered into a drawing that will be held on Dec 31st to receive an 8×10 custom pet portrait by Terry Stanley, a wonderful artist who was very moved by Noah’s story.
Thank you for your support. Please check our Facebook page for updates on Noah. Our volunteers are planning a very special Christmas dinner for Noah and his pals at HUA. We will post photos on Facebook for everyone to see Noah’s very special Christmas.