Recently, Phoenix's story garnered national attention. In a "catch and kill", 8 kennel facility, he faced euthanasia due to overcrowding, even after being rescued days from death. His story went viral online and made it onto some of the most widely trafficked animal rescue Facebook pages, like the Patrick Miracle. You can read the viral story here.
Many people were inspired to share his story on Facebook, even if they personally couldn't donate to his care or adopt him. And sharing is all it took! His story was viewed and shared by thousands, and just in the nick of time, he was seen by just the right person.
As of today, Phoenix is resting comfortably on a mattress at Selah Ranch All Animal Rescue.
Selah was recently in the news after saving Hero the calf, who lost both back legs from frostbite. But, now, Phoenix was waiting in triple digit Texas heat for his own personal, cross-country, mission to safety.
It was a 2700 mile round trip journey from Virginia to Texas and back, with stops in two other states to pick up additional rescues.
On September 2nd, Phoenix joined the transport with another pit bull and a hound. All three rode beautifully together across country, and Phoenix and Daisy (the hound) even shared the passenger seat for while.
He slept in the hotel bed with his transporter, Kitty, and it is presumably the first time he has ever done so. He didn't quite know what to do; he wrestled, he played, and he hopped around on the bed. It took about 30 minutes, but he finally snuggled up to Kitty and fell asleep until morning.
Life at the ranch is good for Phoenix so far. He is gaining weight, and once he is healthy enough, he will begin his heartworm treatment. He is learning manners and training like how to properly walk on a leash, but he is relatively quiet and a pure joy to be around. Phoenix walks around freely and greets kenneled dogs, and he even likes to greet the young kitties who play and hang on the wire fencing out by the barn.
Once he completes his heartworm treatments and training, Phoneix's journey will finally be ready for it's last chapter--the forever chapter. If you are interested in adopting him, see the links below.
Phoenix was saved days from starvation by animal control, and thanks to an Examiner article and a volunteer who refused to give up on him, he was able to escape euthanasia. The catch and kill facility where he was taken was a 100% kill program, until a very special volunteer named Deborah Green Fatheree decided it was unacceptable. Deborah took a stand and was determined that, even if it took working a full-time, unpaid, volunteer position, no more animals would die senselessly without putting up a fight.
She started the Urgent Animals of Hearne Facebook page and never looked back.
Through the power of networking and online social media, Deborah just helped the facility celebrate three months euthanasia-free (read more about the amazing work being done by clicking here). Deborah refused to allow Phoenix to die after all he suffered. To see how you can support her efforts to keep the catch and kill facility euthanasia-free, check out the links below.
Phoenix may have been abandoned and dumped when he needed help the most, but Deborah Green Fatheree, nearby rescuers, and animal lovers banded together to be his collective savior. After thousands of people viewing and sharing his story on Facebook, the stars aligned to bring him to Selah Ranch. This intermediate stop will help prep him for his forever home.
Saving animals truly takes a village.
To visit the Urgent Animals of Hearne Facebook page that saved Phoenix, click here.
To help the Hearne volunteer continue to save lives in the “catch and kill” facility, click here.
To check out Phoenix's Facebook album, click here.
To visit the Selah Ranch Facebook page, click here.
To help Selah Ranch continue to save lives at the ranch, click here.
If you are interested in adopting Phoenix, click here.
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The author, April Plemons, is an animal rescuer and welfare advocate. She is part of Long Way Home Animal Sanctuary & Pit Bull Rescue. Check out their Facebook page below!