Abandoned Pit Bull Who Slept On Family’s Discarded Mattress Now Has “Perfect” Foster Home

Two weeks ago, Boo the pit bull was sleeping outside on a bare mattress on a street in Detroit.

He’d been there for a month after his family was evicted. They came back for some of their belongings, but left Boo, and the mattress he was sleeping on.

Credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue
Credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue

This Saturday night, Boo slept on a blanket-covered mattress inside his brand new foster home. And he sure looked content doing it.

“He is doing awesome in foster,” says Dustin Oliver, founder of Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue.

Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue
Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue

Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue feeds homeless people — putting on twice monthly feasts for about 100 people at a local church, as well as a big Thanksgiving dinner — and rescues dogs.

About two weeks ago, a neighbor alerted Oliver to Boo’s bad situation.

Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue
Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue

Oliver spent almost two days trying to win Boo over, before he was able to get him off the street and to a veterinary clinic.

“Getting to know my voice. Getting him to know that I wouldn’t hurt him. Getting him to know he can trust humans again,” Oliver told News Channel 5.

Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue
Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue

At the clinic — where Boo stayed, until Saturday — the dog was found to be heartworm positive, but other than that surprisingly healthy. Plus, extremely charming.

“He is wonderful,” vet tech Laura Owens of Groesbeck Animal Hospital said to News Channel 5. “You would think that he would be scared and fearful of people but he is not. He came in here wagging his tail.”

Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue
Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue

Because he is heartworm positive, Boo has some six months of treatment ahead of him — six months before he can be permanently adopted.

Hopefully, it will then be by the people fostering Boo now. Oliver describes them to Shelter Me as “perfect,” which is exactly what Boo deserves.

“It is everything,” says Oliver.

Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue
Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue

Use the donate button on this website to contribute to Boo’s care, and Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue‘s other work.

And just in case you are wondering: Boo got his name because someone who saw his photo noticed that the markings on his side seem to spell out that word. 

Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue
Photo credit: Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue

 

Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com!

9 comments

  1. colette young says:

    So happy this poor dog was rescued. Thank you for saving him.

  2. Laurie Horgas says:

    Thank You to ALL the AMAZING people involved in Boo’s rescue and care !!! You are ALL Angels !!! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Edith says:

    Poor Boo. How sad that people abandoned him like they did when he thought he was loved. But thank God for the good family who took him in. Hopefully they will help Boo regain courage, faith and love that not all people are as bad as the last ones who abandoned him. I wish only the best for Boo and for his new family.

  4. CHRISTIE says:

    Aww happy for Boo and yes it does look like the spots spell out Boo wow amazing

  5. Natalie says:

    Thank you for everything you do. So much love and best wishes for Boo and his future.

  6. Floriana HANNA says:

    I will never understand! But a Special Thank you to the wonderful people who cared enough!

  7. Bridget says:

    So happy he got a home.

  8. Ambassador Karen Cantrell says:

    God bless these wonderful people who do so much to assist those in need. I made a donation and hope others will do the same.

  9. Michelle Cummings says:

    So much thanks to all of you who noticed and didn’t ignore this sweet dog. Love the guy giving him a smooch pic❤️

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