The following is the story of Bandit. His story is one of miracles, love, and a second chance at life. PLEASE– never abandon your pet. It is much better to take an animal to a local shelter than to allow them to suffer through abandonment in a home or by turning them loose. It is also against the law!
No one knows how Bandit’s story began. But we do know he was discovered in the backyard of an abandoned house. His family moved out, left without a trace and left their loyal dog behind to fend for himself on the end of a chain.
Animal control officer’s discovered the 4-year old german shepherd mix but had to wait for court approval to remove the dog and take over custody. Bandit’s owners were notified that their pet was waiting at the shelter, but they either couldn’t help him or didn’t care enough to come back to get him. On March 23rd, he was officially available for adoption at a local shelter. But Bandit didn’t hold it against his people; he was ready now to join a new family. Only… no one ever came.
On April 14th, a local animal lover was getting ready to celebrate her birthday with friends and family. She had fostered dogs in the past and was considering doing it again. A few days before that, she had glimpsed a photo of Bandit online at the shelter and couldn’t get his image out of her head. That looks like a great dog to foster, she thought. But things are so busy right now– is the timing right?
She casually sent a text message to the cell phone of a priceless volunteer in Nashville who coordinates the transport, rescue, and adoption of pets in need. And at 4 o’clock a phone call came from Critter Calvary Rescue saying Bandit was due to be euthanized in just two hours. If she would agree to foster the dog, they would sponsor the adoption and pay for veterinary care. The icing on the cake was that a german shepherd-lover had kindly offered to pay the fee to get him out of the shelter.
A phone call was quickly made to the shelter and Bandit was safe for one more night until his foster parents could pick him up the next day.
On April 15, Bandit walked out of a high kill shelter with hugs and good-byes from all his friends who worked there, including the animal control officer who found him at the abandoned house. At his veterinary visit, he lay by the feet of his new best friend and was very polite during his veterinary exam. Fortunately, he was completely healthy except for a slight cough that would be easy to treat.
Here is an update from Bandit’s foster family:
Bandit is an absolute dream dog and we are certainly lucky to have him in our home. Someone has obviously put some time into his training– he sits, lays down, and stays (although he does it much better with a treat in your hand). He walks well on a leash, is great with other dogs, greets you by running over and sitting down with a big smile on his face, and loves my one-year old son.
Our neighbors are very entertained watching me push a baby stroller and walking three dogs down the street all at the same time. And they’re even more amazed by how easy it is since they’re so well behaved.
I can’t imagine anyone abandoning a dog, let alone such a wonderful and loyal dog like him.
Bandit is lucky to be alive, but his story is not over yet. He is still looking for his perfect match and it could be you! If you are interested in adopting Bandit, please contact Candice at [email protected]
Don’t forget to check out beepwire.com’s Spring Fling adoption drive!