When a family was evicted from their home in Barstow, California, they left many of their belongings out on the curb for trash pickup. However, that is not all: they left their dogs, too. It all started when Allen Boartfield received a frantic phone call. The caller said two small dogs were seen sitting near a pile of trash on a street corner. The owner of the dogs had packed up her belongings and left what she didn’t want or need on the curb for garbage pickup—including her two dogs. Allen volunteers for a group call Dream Fetchers: Project Rescue and he drove right to the location and the two dogs were still there. The pups, who are now named Treasure and Catch, were terrified. Treasure eventually warmed up to him, but Catch wasn’t so easy to trust a human.
Catch wasn’t just scared, he was determined to protect his sister Treasure by any means necessary. He bit Allen a few times, but that did not stop him from saving the dogs. Catch refused to be separated from Treasure and even ran from one kennel to another so they could be together. Allen took the pair to the Camino Pet Hospital in Irvine, California for examination. Both dogs were terrified, but it was Treasure who needed help: she was so matted with fur that it was painful for her to move. Catch had a cold, so he needed to be isolated for treatment. A few days later, the dogs were reunited. Treasure was spayed and got a much needed bath, and then really came out of her shell.
Treasure has come a long way since the day she was found in a cage by the trash pile, but Catch is still working through his issues. He just needs time to heal and mend his heart, say staffers at the vet hospital who are working to get him well so the pair can find a loving forever home together!