Animals who have been subjected to brutality have a tendency to give up on life, believing that there is no prospect for happiness.
When Sanford arrived at a Texas shelter, he was labeled a “broken dog.” He’d been run over, but his right leg had also been shot.
He remained in the shelter’s corner, not looking at anyone.
He hasn’t stopped smiling since a foster mom took him home and introduced him to her other foster pets.
Karen Velazquez, his foster mom, says he’s the happiest dog she’s ever encountered.
“I am presently on my 52nd foster, and I can genuinely say that I’ve never had anyone as jovial as him,” Karen told The Dodo.
“He looks at me in a way that no other animal or human has ever looked at me, including my own pets. Essentially, the only time he is not smiling is when he is asleep or eating.”
Animal control authorities discovered him on the side of the road after he was hit by a car and had a bullet wound in his right hind leg.
He was transferred to a small shelter in Dallas, but because to a lack of funding, he was denied medical treatment.
Thankfully, a volunteer from Dallas DogRRR, a local dog rescue group, spotted Sanford and realized she had to help right away.
“He was physically broken … and when the volunteer went to see him, he didn’t really make any effort to come and say hello,” Kerry Anechiarico, executive director of Dallas DogRRR, told The Dodo. “It’s almost like he had given up, and he was just waiting for his time to come.”
He was subsequently transported to foster mom Karen’s home and transformed into a different dog after receiving the medical attention he required.
“He has been all smiles ever since,” she said. “I think the minute he came to my home, he realized he was in a safe place.”
Sanford, or ‘Sanfee’ as Karen refers to him, is now living the good life, eating home-cooked meals, going for regular walks, and playing with his new canine friends.
The 10-year-old canine is a joy to be around and is looking for a forever home.
“He’s like the older gentleman that you see in a nursing home. He may be 95 years old, but he acts like he’s in his 50s,” Kerry said.
“He’ll be a great family dog,” she added. “He’ll get along with other dogs and all humans. He even does well with kids.”
Source: Dallas DogRRR, The Dodo