Dog Covered In Scabs From Head To Toe Gets Second Chance At Life

It is National Feed a Rescue Pet Week and The Animal Rescue Site’s 19th Birthday!

We are hoping to celebrate by providing 3 million meals to shelter pets this week, but we need your help.

Every year, 6.5 million dogs and cats enter U.S. animal shelters – which is a lot of mouths to feed.

Pet food is one of the biggest expenses for shelters. Just think about all the animals they could help if they could use the money spent on food for medical expenses or other vital supplies.

Photo: Starfish Animal Rescue

Join us in our mission to feed shelter pets around the country, like Tuck.

Tuck is this year’s spokesdog and just one of the lives saved thanks in part to your generous food donations.

The little guy arrived at Starfish Animal Rescue underweight, covered in scabs and missing nearly all his hair. He was found wandering the streets in Kentucky and suffering from mange, several infections, lyme disease, and cornea ulcers. He was absolutely miserable and in desperate need of medical care.

Photo: Starfish Animal Rescue

Melinda Kintz and family decided at the spur-of-the-moment to foster “Bugs” and are so glad they did. Tuck, formally known as “Bugsy” (short for Bugsy Malon), may be small but he is one tough dog.

Tuck made a full recovery thanks to proper medical treatment, nutritious food, and unconditional love. He did sustain some permanent damage to one eye but is now a healthy and happy dog.

Photo: Starfish Animal Rescue

He found his forever home with Lisa and her husband Len who met him when he arrived at the shelter. She saw Tuck at his worse and fell in love. The sweet pup now spends his days playing with his canine brother Oakley.

But his favorite days are the ones when he joins his dad at his art studio. He greets each student and enjoys being the center of attention.

Photo: Lisa Hillquist

His foster family also fell in love with “Bugs” and said, “He is incredibly sweet, social, funny and may very well be the pup we always refer to as “the one who got away.”

The shelter was able to save Tuck due in part to the money saved from the generous food donation to the rescue from GreaterGood’s Rescue Bank program and The Animal Rescue Site.

Rescue Bank is the world’s largest pet food distribution network. The goal is to donate pet food to shelters, rescues and sanctuaries to help feed the animals until they find forever homes. Rescue Bank steps up to help by sending donated food and supplies to rescues in need. The money a rescue or shelter saves on buying food can then be used for vet care, vaccinations, adoptions and much more.

Help feed shelter pets by purchasing Nourishment Packs or by donating to help us reach our goal of 3 million meals for homeless dogs and cats. Together, we can make sure that no shelter pet goes hungry.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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