At only 8 months old Rudolph’s short life was going to end. For no reason other than bad luck he had found himself in a crowded, high-risk shelter in Oklahoma and his time was up. Shelter veterinarians went through the end-of-life procedure as usual, the same procedure they’d done before, and left Rudolph to pass in the room alone. Rudolph closed his eyes, but this wasn’t the end.
When he returned, the vet found Rudolph still breathing and waking up from his nap! Against all odds, little Rudolph had survived a procedure that takes the lives of millions of shelter animals a year! The veterinarian knew that space and resources were limited in the facility but he refused to attempt euthanizing the pup a second time. Instead, a spot for Rudolph was found in a no-kill rescue where he would have a real chance at life.
Rudolph was transferred from the Oklahoma shelter to King’s Harvest Pet Rescue in Iowa. Rescuers were fascinated by the lucky little dog, and they shared his story on Facebook. News of Rudolph’s miracle spread quickly, and adoption applications flooded the rescue!
After careful consideration, Rudolph’s new family was chosen, and he has since gone home!
Dogs that even look like Pit Bulls have a harder time finding homes than other shelter dogs. Black dogs are also left behind in favor of other pets. To most adopters, Rudolph had two strikes against him. The procedure meant to end Rudolph’s life helped him find a happier one!
Congratulations to Rudolph and his new family!