Severely Neglected And Underweight Dog Rescued By Man Who Spotted Her In A Ditch


Food is one of the most vital needs for shelters and rescue organizations. For many of these groups, after food costs, they have little or nothing left in their budget for medical treatment, vaccines, or adoption programs. That’s why’s Rescue Bank is hosting a pet food drive to ship food to shelters and rescue groups across the country – so they can save more animals like Carmen.

It was the middle of nowhere with a disappearing sun. She was in a ditch and knew there were no humans for miles. She thought it was over. Her last bit of hope had disappeared earlier that day. Then a man driving by happened to catch
a flash of movement out of the corner of his eye. It took him a second, but the man determined this flash was, in fact, a dog, so he pulled over to investigate. The emaciated pup tried her best to get up when the man approached, but she was far too weak.

Photo: Allen County Animal Rescue Facility

He carried her to his car and drove straight to Allen County Animal Rescue Facility (ACARF) where her new life began.
ACARF named this neglected girl Carmen. When Carmen came to them, she should have been a large dog, weighing close
to 50 pounds. Instead, Carmen weighed a skeletal 24 pounds. She was unbelievably frightened with only enough strength to keep her tail constantly between her legs. No one knows what happened to Carmen before arriving at ACARF, but all the signs point to severe neglect and then abandonment dozens upon dozens of miles from anywhere.

Photo: Allen County Animal Rescue Facility

ACARF gave her love, excellent veterinary care, and a lot of wonderful pet food donated by’s Rescue Bank to get Carmen to a healthy weight. And nine weeks later she was there, weighing 45.8 pounds at the time of

Her new family was by her side throughout her recovery. They heard her story and immediately headed to the shelter to offer her love and a forever home when she was ready. “Her adoptive family spotted her early on and visited Carmen regularly, bringing blankets, a bed, treats, and toys,” states ACARF.

Photo: Allen County Animal Rescue Facility

“Without the assistance of the excellent nutrition provided through donated food, a story like this might not have such a happy ending. Carmen needed a high-quality, protein-rich diet to restore her to full health. We are so grateful to’s Rescue Bank for their donation to ACARF, which benefited not only Carmen but also so many other dogs and cats at our shelter. Our deepest gratitude to Rescue Bank and their generous donors (with
a big “Thanks!” from Carmen, too!),” said ACARF.

Shelter pets around the country need your help to fill their bellies with food. Celebrate National Feed a Rescue Pet Week by purchasing a nourishment packet which includes:

– A donation to ship 100 meals as part of National Feed A Rescue Pet Week via’s Rescue Bank program
– Two high-quality stainless steel bowls for a pet’s food and water
– A bag of treats

Our goal is to feed 4 million homeless pets, but we need your help.

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The Animal Rescue Site is a place where people can help provide food and care to millions of animals in need, both in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to sharing personal rescue stories, shopping for the cause, and signing petitions, visitors can take just a moment each day to click on a purple button to help animals. Visit The Animal Rescue Site and click today - it's free!
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