Rescued Dog Saves Six Abandoned Puppies

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Talk about paying it forward!

Last week, staff were heartbroken to see a Pit Bull mix, Harold, returned to the Myrtle Beach Shelter where he’d been rescued just weeks before. The Grand Strand Humane Society clarified on Facebook that the sweet dog hadn’t done anything wrong, per se. For whatever reason, Harold’s new humans had simply decided the dog wasn’t a good family fit.

However, it wasn’t long before volunteers realized that Harold’s return was actually a blessing in disguise when the rescued dog, just days after his return, in turn saved six abandoned puppies!

A volunteer had noticed that the dog was acting strangely on his daily walk. As the pair passed by a shipping dock area where the Humane Society unloaded supplies and donations, the dog kept sniffing around a large Tupperware container. The volunteer tried to drag the dog away, but he insisted on circling back to this area beside one of the truck beds.

The volunteer tried multiple times to get Harold to move on, but the larger dog refused. When the volunteer finally decided to open the lid, she was amazed to find six tiny puppies abandoned inside the container.

“It turned out to be a blessing in disguise,” Grand Strand Humane Society wrote of Harold’s return on their Facebook page. “If Harold was not here with us at the shelter last night, there might be 6 less puppies sleeping soundly, nice and warm, with full bellies this morning.”

Were it not for Harold’s remarkable grit, the shelter may not have noticed the puppies until it was too late. “We may not have noticed them for hours given the number of containers and bags of donations that are constantly moving through that area,” the shelter confirmed.

“Our sweet boy saved the day!!! He truly is a hero and six puppies owe their lives to him. Just one more reason to love our sweet Harold!”

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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