Jessica is a freelance writer for LittleThings. She’s a proud Pittsburgher that loves to drink tea and adopt cats in her spare time. When she's not hanging out with her kitties, Kiwi and Galdalf, she's most likely in a bridesmaid dress attending another wedding. She is a self-proclaimed Slytherin and would like to visit Harry Potter World as soon as possible!
For most pet owners, adopting an animal is a serious commitment. After all, people call an animal’s adopted home a “forever home” for a reason.
Some people, however, find out quickly that owning a pet isn’t all fun and games. Dogs especially need lots of love, attention, and exercise. Before adopting an animal, people should consider this, but often times, they do not.
People that don’t take their roles as pet parents seriously often put their animal’s health at risk and even their lives.
This was the case for a 7-year-old beagle named Darwin. His former owners let Darwin’s weight spin out of control, and they dropped him off at a shelter claiming he was too old and fat to take care of.
Darwin was in bad shape. He was twice the size of a healthy beagle and rescuers weren’t sure how much time the poor dog had left.
Scroll through below to see what happened to the abandoned pup, and let us know what you think of his story in the comments!
Rescuers were shocked by his condition. It was clear that the poor dog had been neglected for a long time.
“He could hardly walk,” Jason Espiritu of Karma Rescue told the Dodo. “He was at least twice what he should normally weigh. Darwin could have died from heart failure or all kinds of other complications.”
After a few weeks at the veterinary hospital, Darwin was placed with a foster family to work on his social skills. At first, it didn’t go very well. He was extremely anxious and would cry every time his foster family left.
After 10 weeks of training with prisoners from several of California’s high-security prisons, rescuers began to see a noticeable change in Darwin. Not only did it help with his social skills, but his training also provided unique rehabilitative therapy to the inmates he was working with.