Why did you decide to rescue?
I've always wanted a rescue. I wanted one because I have always felt they needed it most. That they are deserving of a lovey home and not a shelter cage.
Please tell us your story with rescuing.
Bear was hit by a car in Trenton last March. The driver kept driving but a bystander near a gas station contacted animal control. Animal control brought him to the vet my mother just so happened to work at. He was immediately admitted. His owner soon was found. She came in, identified him, and left saying she would come back. Unfortunately, she never did come back. Now with the owner gone, but her never signing him over, the veterinarians could do nothing for Bear. It would take 3 days or so for him to be officially abandoned. Bear could not wait that long for he would of died. A local shelter then offered to pay for surgery if he had a home to go back to. So me and my mom stepped up and took action. We agreed to take him and then we contacted one of our animal control friends. This lovely officer went to the previous owner and explained to her the situation. She agreed to sign him over to the vet. The vet then signed him over to me and my family. He has been ours ever since.
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
I was afraid of the problems that could of came along with his new blindness. I feared he wouldn't adjust well and that the disability was going to be a huge problem. But it really wasn't. He adapted beautifully. I feel so stupid looking back on it.
What makes Bear special?
I always thought Bear's special quality is what he shows people. When people meet him they realize what it is to be alive. They see that life is meant to be lived and nothing should stop you from doing that. I have seen something flash through their eyes as they start to appreciate the world that they are in.
Would you rescue again?
Of course. In fact I plan to in the future.
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
I think the most positive part is saving a life. A dog you pick up from a shelter could of been a dead dog that was nothing but a blip in history. But once you sign those adoption papers that dog has a chance to change your life and have someone to remember them.
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
I want everyone to know that rescuing is important. Every creature deserves a chance despite age, breed, or ability. Every dog deserves a home.
Follow Bear along on his Instagram page: @Bear.The.Blind.Pit