It is hard to believe but this poor pup was living on the streets of San Antonio, one of the largest cities in the country with over 2 million residents and not a single person offered to help.
Instead, this poor pup was sent to the San Antonio high kill shelter where he was deemed “unadoptable” because of his condition and scheduled for euthanasia. At only seven months old, “Nigel” as he is now called, suffers from a compromised immune system and one of the worst cases of mange imaginable.
Nigel’s condition has resulted in painful, open sores over 80% of his body. Even with all his pain and weakness, he still manages to wag his tail, proving that his will is strong and his heart forgives whoever allowed him to get in this condition.
A good Samaritan alerted Imagine Pet Rescue to Nigel’s plight via Facebook and begged for his life. One look at his story and the rescue could not refuse. They immediately applied to the shelter for approval to pull, found a foster, coordinated transport and brought him straight to their vet.
His medical costs are (and will be) extensive, but Imagine is confident this boy will heal and be a healthy happy dog with a beautiful coat one day. Nigel’s story is about the strength of an animal who never knew life could have a happy ending and how through collaboration and vigilance, people were able to pull together across many states in order to save this poor souls life.
Now Imagine Pet Rescue needs your help. A YouCaring account webpage has been set up here to help with his veterinary expenses, or donate through Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org . The rescue reached out to Greenville Dog Examiner to tell his story, saying
“We hope to pull together again as it is our greatest wish that Nigel ultimately find a loving forever home where he can be cherished and pampered for the remainder of his days.”
A January 1 update told of his progress
“Nigel has crammed himself into the armchair with me, and is falling asleep. The little trooper has come so far. He has come off the pain meds and lets us pick him up without growling. He has a second shampoo that is more specific to his needs. So now he gets two baths in one, two prescription shampoos for double duty relief. It takes twice as long, but he looks forward to it. The vet said that the inflammation in his paws is secondary to the infection he is fighting in his sores. She extended the antibiotics a week and the ivermectin to a total of 6 weeks. Nigel is eating everything in sight and has gained 11 pounds in a week!! He is more continent. We are down from 2-3 loads of laundry and 2-3 moppings a day, to about one each. Nigel is SO sweet and loving. He is a 50 lb cuddle bear.”
Nigel truly is a “wonder dog,” and you can follow his story on his own Facebook page with the same name. More about Imagine Pet Rescue can be found here.
Please share Nigel with your friends, and donate if you can.