Inspiring stories of hope and breakthrough always warm the heart. Such is the story of Snafu, a stray dog from Liberia, who was saved from certain death.
“He’ll be dead in two days,” were the words of Jenny Desmond when she saw the dog by the side of the road. Desmond and her husband Jim ran a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. She and some of her companions were driving by the village of Charlesville when her eye caught sight of the dog.
She stopped to take a closer look at the puppy. It was so thin and malnourished. The poor puppy was very weak.
Upon closer inspection, she saw several wounds in the puppy’s body that were perhaps caused by having so many ticks. As she examined him further, she saw that he had an eye infection, worms, and a fever.
She decided right away to take Snafu to the sanctuary so her veterinarian husband could treat him. The owner wanted her to pay for the dog, but she refused. Eventually, she convinced the owner to let her bring the dog with her.
When they reached the sanctuary, Jim lost no time in administering treatment. He said the dog was starving and was practically digesting his own muscle.
The sanctuary staff also cleaned up the puppy and gave him food. In just a few days, the pup’s hair started to grow. His old gauntness was gone, and he began to look better.
The Desmonds cared for him as they continued to run the sanctuary. Snafu learned to play with chimps and other dogs in the area. In just a year, he had transformed into a lively, healthy dog.
All grown up and healed from past wounds, Snafu needed a new home. Desmond’s sister wanted to adopt him, so she took him to Colorado to meet his forever family.
In his new home, Snafu was surrounded by love from his human parents and two human sisters. He lived in a big house with a huge backyard and lots of space to run and play.
The once weak stray puppy who didn’t look like it would survive a week now enjoyed a full life with his new family. Meanwhile, the Desmonds continue to rescue chimpanzees in Liberia, making a difference in these animals’ lives one day at a time.
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