Our group was contacted by the Town Lake Animal Shelter to see if we had a place for Ryder. He had been at the shelter for a few weeks and they were desperately looking for a place for him in rescue. Ryder was an older pup who needed some medical work, but the shelter staff knew he was worth it. He was such a sweet boy and eager to please.
Ryder was found living in deplorable conditions with several other animals, and he was one of only a couple of survivors. He endured being chained up without food, shelter, or water. Our group was touched by his story and his sweet disposition, and we knew he would make a wonderful companion for some lucky person or family.
Ryder was picked up from the shelter and taken to his new foster home. He loved the car ride home and took in all the new sights and smells. I’m not sure that Ryder had ever been in a house before, so you can imagine how he loved having his own soft bed and a nice air-conditioned place to sleep. He was in heaven.
Ryder was still a bit shy, which was understandable given his prior living conditions. His foster mom took him on a little road trip over Thanksgiving to visit her family & her in-laws. Ryder was able to experience new people and gained a lot of confidence. He even visited Texas A&M University where Ryder had a great time exploring Research Park. He also had a lot of fun making new doggie friends and hanging out in the country.
Ryder is adopted and now has a wonderful home. He went to his new home happy and healthy. Ryder was now tumor free, heartworm free, up to date on all his vaccinations, current on heartworm prevention & flea prevention, and micro-chipped. He is such a happy little guy that clearly loves his new life. Ryder’s foster parents still meet up with him a couple of times a year to say hello and celebrate his success. All of this would never have been possible without the help of donations.
Today the City of Austin proclaims first Love Your Rescue Pet Day! The Austin City Council Thursday, June 20, will recognize the more than 100 animal rescue partners in the Austin community that have worked tirelessly to save more than 14,350 pets since the City reached its no-kill status in 2011.
Ryder's Dad sent us this message: Now this is a proclamation I love! Ryder the Super Dog came from the great folks at German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas who in turn got him from the City's shelter because he was tooooo sweet to euthanize. I still find it unfathomable that someone would abuse and neglect this wunderdog. He's been my little pal, companion and virtual shadow for nearly 4 years, has a variety of expressive smiles and now, never meets a stranger. Cheers to all the animal rescue partners!!!