A stray dog trying to stay alive in a San Antonio, Texas, neighborhood is safe thanks to one family taking the the time and effort to save him.
“We noticed a dog roaming our neighborhood in the dead of Summer. He wouldn’t let anyone get close and would run through lanes of traffic to get as far away from humans as possible,” his rescuer writes on October 6, 2020. “He was clearly dumped there and possibly abused. No one knew where he was sleeping or how he was staying comfortable.”
“One night, he showed up in my driveway, so we started feeding him every night and built a routine – he had become nocturnal.”
“Eventually, we started to lead him into our gate, and tried to get him comfortable with going in and out of the backyard. It took a lot of hot dogs, chicken, and hamburgers, but eventually he ran right back there to get his treats.”
The routine worked! But his rescuer knew she needed help. So she reached out to a local rescue group.
“After weeks of building this routine, we worked with a rescue group to borrow a large trap – we knew we only had one shot at this. We set it up with a few bacon cheeseburgers as bait, and waited all night for his arrival. He didn’t show up at his normal time, so we thought hope was lost. We woke up and saw him entering the backyard and knew this was the moment. It worked!”
“He entered the trap and, although he was terrified, we knew he was safe. I slowly got closer to him until I was next to the crate and just sat with him for hours until he finally laid down and relaxed, falling asleep and letting me pet his head and feet – he knew he was safe.”
The dog, who has been named ‘Henry’ is now learning how to walk on a leash, to socialize with other dogs and to heal.
His rescuer says, “With the help of a local rescue, Henry is getting the medical attention he needs and is just beginning his new life full of love and happiness. He is the sweetest, most gentle being that deserves nothing but love and a furever home.”
Although we do not know the name of Henry’s rescuers we’re sure he will find a loving family thanks to the time and effort the family put in to save him.