Back in August, Jessica Sherwood happened to be spending several days visiting the Wichita Animal Shelter checking on dogs for the rescue K-9 Karma Animal Advocates, when she spotted the young Pit Bull now named Lucky.
"I saw him the first day I walked in," said Sherwood. "He would just lay in the corner of his kennel. I made sure to stop by and see him each day for the four days he was there. He just touched my heart."
It was clear that Lucky had not had a pleasant life. Sherwood could see that his left ear was missing, but until she brought him home, she didn't know the extent of what Lucky had suffered in his three short years.
"On his last day, I just couldn't let them put him down," Sherwood said. "I knew nothing about him, but I just couldn't let him die."
His right ear is so scarred that it is crooked from healing badly, he has cracked teeth, is missing a part of his bottom lip, and he has many scars all over his body. It became clear that Lucky had been used as a bait dog.
At first, Lucky would growl at the other dogs while in his crate and this thin boy was very food aggressive. Sherwood wondered what she had gotten herself into. Now, more than three months later, Lucky knows he is getting fed regularly and is no longer food aggressive. His BFF is a five-month-old puppy that has been in foster about the same length of time as Lucky.
"He is a wonderful dog," said Sherwood. "He loves people and kids, plays with our other dogs, and even is good with the cats."
Training has been started and the plan is to get Lucky certified as a Therapy dog. With his scars and missing ear, Sherwood says that Lucky has something special to offer people, especially kids, in hospitals who have suffered serious injuries, the kind of injuries that make them feel "different."
Lucky is better with female than male dogs, so this will be considered for an adoptive family. He is neutered, is up to date on his shots and is "as healthy as can be." His transformation in foster care demonstrates the resilience of this young dog. K-9 Karma is looking for the perfect home to ensure that Lucky has a great rest of his life.
If you want to make a difference, and are interested in adopting Lucky, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an adoption application. Or talk with K-9 Karma volunteers at All Paws Pet Center, 2550 N. Rock Road, on Nov. 9, where they will be showing adoptable dogs from 1-3 pm.