Rescue dogs like Oliver usually have one thing in common: thousands of shares and zero adoption interest. Rescuing a dog like Oliver means that every post’s “people reach” about will rise sky high, with comment like “I would have adopted him if…” coming and going.
Oliver was first spotted by a woman in the outskirts of Athens, Greece in terrible condition, but he was so fearful that she did not manage to catch him. She had been looking for him for months, until one day, he was seen again in the neighborhood, and was caught after he was sedated.
He was taken to the clinic where he remained for a while. He was extremely emaciated, and was suffering from everything: mange, leishmaniasis and ehrlihia, but the worst part was that Oliver was a fearful dog that also needed to be socialized properly and learn to trust again.
When I met him, he was in Linda‘s care. Almost three years had passed since the day he was rescued. Oliver had grown to become a healthy, loving, and gorgeous dog, but a forever home was out of the question, since nobody had asked for him, never.
Penny Marathon had asked me to do a video about him and help that his story reaches as many people as possible. And I did. I never thought much of that video really, and I am never optimistic about dogs like Oliver – they just never catch the eye, you know?
But Oliver was lucky, and I believe that Linda’s honesty while talking about him helped a lot. The story of a dog that has been in the shelter for years and years, watching his friends coming and going, while he always remains behind was just too sad, too unfair.
A few months later Oliver flew for his forever home in the UK, and I know that they were not the only people that asked to adopt him. He has been living with his forever family for a few months now, and he is one happy boy.
As New Hope Dog Sqaud (the English charity who handled the adoption) writes in the last post about Oliver: ” He’s loving his new life – off lead walks with his friends, popping round to neighbors ( Jill n Les). Their dog Tilly using Oliver as a pillow”
The photos speak for themselves, so I won’t be wasting your time. I can’t even begin to describe what it means for us rescuers when a dog finds his forever home. No rescue story is ever complete, unless it ends with an adoption, and when it’s about a dog like Oliver, that literally came back from the dead, the strength it gives us to carry on cannot be described with words. 🙂