Welcome Piston! Our director Skip picked him up from the OC shelter yesterday (2 dogs in one day 😢). He had been abandoned in a 'rather well off' neighborhood - perhaps by someone hoping for a better life than he had before.
The poor old guy has all the problems you get with old age...dry eye, severe dental issues and hard of hearing. He's being treated for a pretty nasty upper respiratory infection that we hope doesn't get worse for him over the next couple days. The fleas, filth and cleaning of his ears was easy compared to the rest of the care he needs now.
Summer time is a seasonally busy time for our rescue; seems as people plan moving while the kids are out of school, vacations and relocations that the family pets get left behind. You can see the bulldogs in the shelters more often and owners surrendering dogs to almost on a weekly basis, if not more often.
Piston is lucky the neighbors got together to save him, provided some medical care and turned him over to the shelter to help him get into a better place.
Before anyone thinks we're being too harsh or unfair, Piston's poor eye sight and inability to hear is so bad that he didn't just "wander away" or get lost. EVEN if that was a possibility, the owners could have checked the shelters where he sat for a over a week. Plain and simple - he was abandoned and dumped. 💔
We are in desperate need of foster homes even more than usual to provide homes for these Bulldogs until they get adopted. More information on helping bulldogs like Piston can be found at www.socalbulldogrescue.org 🐾
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