Finding ArlingtonJuly 12, 2018 | 4:44pm
The summer heat doesn't let up for our city's strays
The temperature is unbearably hot. It hasn’t rained in days, so there are no puddles to drink from. The only available food is the trash found next to dumpsters in alleys and abandoned houses. These are things that strays are forced to endure day in and day out.
They try to find cool places to rest out of the brutal heat of the sun. I assume that’s what Arlington was doing when she made her way into this abandoned house. The entrance at the bottom of the steps that lead into the basement was open. It wasn’t much cooler, but at least it blocked the sun. She must have made her way up the rickety, broken steps to the next level, and that’s where she got stuck when she was too scared to go back down.
She poked her head out an opening at the back of the house, and that’s when the nice ladies that lived next door spotted her. They tried putting a board up for her to walk down, but she just couldn’t do it. They knew it wasn’t safe for her to stay in that abandoned house, so they called Stray Rescue.
We were prepared to get a dog out of the dilapidated house, but we weren’t expecting her to be so emaciated. She was slowly starving to death. Her large collar dangled from her thin neck. She looked up at us with her big, brown pleading eyes. "Help me," they said.
I walked into the basement below where she was standing on the floor above. There weren’t many stairs to go up, and the few that were remaining were falling apart. I got up to the main floor and could see Arlington still looking out that back open area. She was lightly wagging her tail as Natalie and Emily talked to her. As soon as she heard me, she turned and walked over. I picked her up to carry her down the steps. She weighed nothing!
As soon as we were in the air conditioned jeep, she laid down and put her head in Emily’s lap. That content, peaceful look on her face is a reminder as to why we do what we do every day. She knew she was finally safe. Welcome to the comfort and love of Stray Rescue, Arlington. You’ll be okay now. It’s our promise.
Arlington will begin with small, frequent meals so she doesn't get sick. We'll need to slowly reintroduce food and nourishment to her frail body. Her recovery will be slow, but she is expected to recover and become a strong, healthy, and beautiful dog. Please give to her care here. Without contributions, we wouldn't have been able to go on the call. Your support saves so many lives, just like our beautiful Arlington.
Donna and the Stray Rescue Team