What does it take to save an abandoned, senior dog?
Beyond the finding of a rescue, or better yet, a forever home, what does one rescue entail?
The answer is never exactly the same, but typically there is one common denominator - rescue angels who are willing and able to donate their time to lend a hand.
The following is the story of a senior border collie named "Vigo."
In mid-January, Vigo was discovered in rural Louisiana. The elderly dog was dirty, unkempt and forlorn.
Fortunately, he was found by a family who opted to help him, rather than ignore his plight.
The family took Vigo in, gave him a bath, and then reached out for help.
Sadly, though Vigo was pure love, the family had a landlord who forbid dogs. In fact, to keep Vigo safe, the family had to hide him.
In the meantime, a plea was put out to Facebook for help - the hope, to find a rescue or adopter for the senior dog before he was picked up by the local dog warden and taken to animal control.
Networking began in earnest for the homeless dog and before long, with the help of the rescue organization, All American Dawgs, the pieces to save Vigo fell into place.
A home for Vigo was found, hundreds of miles away, in Delaware.
Foster homes between the states were secured and people stepped forward to offer their time to help transport Vigo on his long journey.
The trek, organized by Kindred Hearts Transport Connection, began on March 2 and culminated on March 3.
Along the way, compassionate people opened their cars and their hearts, to Vigo, who, judging by the many photos snapped along the way, seemed happy to soak up the attention.
Sharon Lee, with All American Dawgs, shared the following:
It took two weeks to find enough drivers. No one gave up, no one said, "This is too much trouble for an old dog." Quitting or giving up was never an option.
All lives are sacred. Vigo started his journey on Saturday, March 2, 2013 and by Sunday, March 3, 2013, Vigo was in Delaware with his forever family, complete with border collie siblings.
Is it possible to write a better story than this, or to even imagine so much good, so much compassion in today's world? But then, this is rescue and animal advocates are "special."
All American Dawgs is so proud to have been a part of this huge lifesaving ride! Live free and live long, Mr. Vigo! Your face has truly touched a LOT of people!
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