Puppy Rescued 2 Years Ago Still Waiting At The Shelter

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.

My cutie, one day after the rescue

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.

August 2015, at a friend’s house

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.

September 2015

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.

Yesterday, February 2017

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.

Yesterday, February 1, while out on our walk.

For any info on Bono’s rescue and the first months of his life, you can email me at: support@theorphanpet.com. If you wish to adopt him please email ZEIL at: info@zeil.gr or message their Facebook page.

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3 thoughts on “Puppy Rescued 2 Years Ago Still Waiting At The Shelter”

  1. I shared this post yesterday on FB. You know, in Germany white and fluffy is not what you see very often on the streets. Germans prefer either small and fluffy or big and, you know, somewhat intimidating. We have so many sorts of “German….”, like the shepherd or dachshound. All brownish-black. Then the Labrador or Retriever, which come by from white to yellow to brown and ultimately black.
    I love your posts for what they are: witty and well written, often enough they leave me sobbing uncontrollably. The “problem” with it: it’s in english and you or the shelter organizations like ZEIL or SGS are not affiliated with a foreign organization. The shelters in Karditsa and Kavala for instance are supported by a German organization named TiNG e.V., look them up on Facebook or google them (Tiere in Not Griechenland). e. V. basically means that they are non-profit and are under scrutiny by our government. People running these organizations do it in their spare time, it’s voluntarily done. I can try to explain it better when we meet in April. Anyway, dozens of shelters in Greece, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and so on are affiliated this way.
    We need to get you, your blog and all the non-affiliated shelters better known, otherwise you will only reach the few German or Dutch or whoever who speak decent enough english to understand the whole process.

    1. And you know what: he would have a very good chance to be adopted in Germany, because he looks exactly like what Germans want! And we are very fond of mixed breeds! I like him, all brownish-black, but then there is Petra….

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