Phoenix, the pit bull found just days from starving to death, has started a new chapter in his life at Selah Ranch All Animal Rescue. Videos have just been released of him enjoying the outdoors and starting his rehabilitation.
Phoenix became well-known after his original story was viewed and shared by thousands on Facebook. (You can read the original article here.) He barely escaped death only to face euthanasia at a catch and kill animal control facility that contains only 8 kennels to house the entire county's stray animal population. Because of Deborah Greene Fatheree, a volunteer at the Hearne, Texas animal control facility, it has evolved from a 100% kill facility to one that's euthanasia-free (see more here).
His story spread quickly online, and he was soon transferred to Kitty Martin at Selah Ranch All Animal Rescue. It was reported in an update (see here) that:
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.
When he arrived at the Hearne animal control, he weighed a mere 27 pounds. He couldn't keep any food down, and because he couldn't digest food well, he had to be fed tiny portions several times a day. It was touch and go, as Phoenix was deemed "critical". He survived, started putting on weight, and weighed 39 pounds when he left animal control. In the video, he is seen much healthier and happy, and looks to have put on even more weight. Now that he is getting healthy, he will soon start treatment for heartworms which can take six to twelve months.
That time will also be used to work on training, manners, and behavior modification so he will be ready for his new forever home.
To see how you can help the Hearne volunteers, Selah Ranch, or apply to adopt Phoenix, check out the links below.
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!