A special home is needed for a Long Island, New York, dog who spent his entire life tethered to a heavy chain. The dog, a Labrador retriever mix named “Bear,” lived for 15 years outside…his family had obtained him to be a protector of property, not an indoor companion, reported the New York Post. Thanks to the Guardians of Rescue, last week Bear was not only freed from his chain, but the rescue agency also managed to convince his owners to relinquish custody.
Robert Misseri, the rescue group’s Founder, described Bear’s former existence to the New York Post:
“We received a call about a dog in need of a doghouse, but when we got there, it was even worse than that. That’s when we discovered the poor dog had spent his whole life attached to a heavy chain. We knew then and there that we had to do something to make a difference in that dog’s life, and so we did.”
The elderly dog’s life has dramatically changed since he was freed from the chain. Not only has he been bathed and vetted, but he is being treated to doggy adventures that he never could have imagined. Bear was recently taken on a beach outing where he could sniff the salt air, mingle with ducks and seagulls, and put his paws in the water.
He even enjoyed a Puppuccino from Starbuck’s secret doggy-menu, went to a pet store to pick out his own new toy, and gobbled up an ice cream treat. All that is missing from this senior boy’s life is the love and companionship from his very own family.
On Sunday, Guardians of Rescue reminded its Facebook followers that Bear may be free, but he needs a forever home:
Bear is still looking for his new forever family. He spent 15 years on a chain, and it is time this wonderful old dog has a comfy bed, in a warm house with lots of toys and love.
Bear is at the Long Island Save-A-Pet Animal Shelter. On Monday, the shelter wrote:
Let’s help find Bear a home! Bear spent his entire life chained up outside. Our rescue partner Guardians Of Rescue was able to get the owner to surrender him. He lived on a chain outside for 15 years. Please stop in to meet there at Save A Pet all he needs is love
Inquiries about Bear should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guardians of Rescue on Facebook here.
Save-A-Pet Shelter on Facebook here.
Guardians of Rescue website here.
(Photos screenshots via Guardians of Rescue FB)