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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.