Earlier this month, the Animal Control Authority in Jackson County received a disturbing call, where it was reported that a young Pit Bulldog was locked in a black wire cage that was half-submerged in water. One of his legs was severely broken. According to reports from the Michigan Jackson County Animal Shelter, the young puppy, whose name is believed to be VanBuren, was very lucky that a Good Samaritan spotted him. The good Samaritan immediately called the state’s animal control authority before he drowned in the rising local river water. Read on to learn more about the Pit Bull Puppy, who was locked in a cage and now has a forever home. Fortunately, after the call, Michigan’s animal control authority immediately responded to the call and rescued the Pit Bulldog from the semi-submerged cage and took him to the Jackson Animal Shelter for medical treatment and care. From the reports by the animal shelter, the Pit Bull puppy – VanBuren, was estimated to be about 5 and 6 months old. It was reported that VanBuren would have drowned if it was not for the quick responsiveness of the Jackson Animal shelter in Michigan. The Animal Shelter claimed that someone locked the 6-month-old puppy, presumably his owner, who wanted to free the puppy of his misery after one of his legs was badly broken.
ALydia Sattler, the Jackson County Animal Shelter spokeswoman, announced that the Pit Bull puppy named VanBuren, who was reported to be trapped in a black-wired cage and thrown into the river, was brought to the animal shelter. He had a severely injured front-right leg and had numerous abrasions on other parts of his body. Sattler continued to say that, despite the young Michigan puppy experiencing one of the roughest starts in his life, VanBuren is a strong, sweet, and outgoing Pit Bully puppy who is eager to please the people around him and is full of wiggles and kisses. Moreover, the Jackson County Animal shelter added that VanBuren seems very comfortable among people. While thousands of people heard about VanBuren’s devastating story, they quickly responded and started expressing their views towards the story, with some offering to adopt the Pit Bull puppy. Michigan’s Jackson County Animal shelter reported that they would continue to take care of the 6-month-old puppy until he finds a suitable home. The animal shelter also provided some guidelines on how to safely rehome a dog, as clearly outlined below.
How to safely Rehome a Dog
Unlike VanBuren’s previous owner who believed that the best way to relieve the puppy from his misery was by locking him in a cage and drowning him in a river, it is often advised that if your dog is severely injured and you are unable to provide him with the needed medical care, you should take the dog to an animal shelter or present them for rehoming. Unfortunately, most dog owners tend to rehome their dogs through social media platforms, which is very dangerous as they could end up with careless dog owners. The best and safest option is to rehome your dog to your friends or family, who are more likely to rehome your dog responsibly. You could also contact your local animal shelter or rescue authorities and have them rehome your dog for you. However, some animal shelters will require you to pay a certain fee to cover the expenses of rehoming your dog. Below are some quick steps on how to safely rehome a dog:
Step 1: Consult with your local veterinarian
The first step is to visit your pet’s vet, who will first examine your dog’s age, weight, medical complications, and medications. Your vet will also help you determine your dog’s temperament and personality, making sure you are fully aware of any special needs or behavioral concerns. Additionally, your vet may have some of his clients looking to home a pet. This helps relieve you of the need to take your dog to an animal shelter and pay a certain fee.
Step 2: Prepared a brief biography of your dog
While preparing a brief description of your dog, ensure you list your dog’s favorite foods, treats, activities, professional training, medical history, and current medical conditions. Your dog’s biography should honestly disclose all the important facts about your dog, as this will ease the process of rehoming and guarantee that they will get a suitable home.
Step 3: Prepare your pet
This typically entails you making sure that your dog is well-groomed and has received all their vaccinations before rehoming them. If you have not done so, you are advised to visit your local animal shelters and pet stores and have them vaccinated. Moreover, take a good-colored photo of your dog and ensure it is easily seen by prospective adopters.
Step 4: Conduct a home visit
Once a prospective adopter has shown interest in rehoming your dog, you should consider interviewing the person to get to know them better. During the interview, you can ask them if they have any experience in taking care of pets, if they are financially capable of meeting your dog’s needs, and if their yard or home is spacious enough to accommodate your dog. If possible, you can agree with the adopter to visit their home and have a good look at your dog’s new home.
Step 5: Surrendering your dog
If you are fully satisfied with your dog’s new home, the next step is to hand them over to their new owners. At first, your dog may seem nervous due to this new transition but will soon familiarize itself with its new home.
Due to his amazing personality, it did not take long before VanBuren found himself a new loving home. According to a trusted source, the family that adopted VanBuren fell in love at first sight of him and immediately adopted him. The spokeswoman of Jackson’s animal shelter announced that they will still continue to monitor VanBuren even in his new home and ensure that all his needs are fully met. While VanBuren’s story has a happy ending, most abandoned dogs, particularly those exposed to dangerous situations like that of VanBuren, are not so lucky and end up dead. That said, all dog owners are encouraged to present the dogs for rehoming if they are unable to continue taking care of them.