Puppy rescue is not what I am best at. I Have been lucky enough not to come across any abandoned litter of puppies ever, so Bono was my first and only one. I was volunteering in ZEIL back then, and a friend told me about a puppy that suddenly appeared out of nowhere near the area. It was in May, 2015.
I was there an hour later. He was hanging out outside a cafeteria, obviously begging for food and attention. He was about four or five months old, full of ticks and fleas, and a skin irritation that made his scratch constantly. Rescuing his was one of the easiest things I ever did. He just saw us, came straight to us, we picked him up, put him in the car and…that was it. Piece of cake.
It turned out that Bono suffered from early stages of mange, so I kept him upstairs, confined. He was cute as hell. A puppy, a cute, cuddly, loving puppy, finally getting the attention he needed. I was getting married in a few weeks so I could only foster him for 15 days. And within those 15 days he already learned to sit for a treat, retrieve the ball, walk on a leash and control his bladder.
After his treatment, I took him to our tiny shelter. I got married, left for vacation, and came back in September. In July 26 his rescue video was uploaded. I had a handful of subscribers back then, so It never was a big success. But the same video was uploaded in the charity’s Facebook page. About a hundred thousand people saw it, Bono got tones of “God bless yous” and “oh, how cute” but zero adoption interest. Zero.
The reason why I couldn’t take him in again is not really relevant. In September I took Kallie in, who was also sick and needed treatment, I stopped volunteering at ZEIL, months went by, and Bono was still at the shelter. Bono is still at the shelter. It’s been almost two years, he spent his puppyhood there. Today he must be about two years old, and he hasn’t had one person interested in him, which makes me furious.
Believe it or not, the only reason why is the way he looks. That color, that grayish, dirty looking brown is what makes every dog get overlooked every time. It simply doesn’t catch the eye. Had he been born white, yellow, or at least long haired, he would be in a home by now. But he wasn’t.
I visited him yesterday. I took him for a long walk and got back very angry. So all I am asking is that you give him a chance, at least by sharing his story. I can’t put a white, fluffy dog as a header image, so I know that most people will see his adorable, brown face and scroll down without even taking a second look at him. But he is my puppy, and I need to do everything I can to help him be where he belongs, because he does not belong in the shelter.
For any info on Bono’s rescue and the first months of his life, you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to adopt him please email ZEIL at: email@example.com or message their Facebook page.