A little dog named Radar was terrified. His owner had dropped him at the Harris County Animal Shelter with just one request: that they euthanize him. His owner claimed Radar was twenty years old and just needed to be put down. While it was true that the dog was suffering, staff there sensed the old dog was just confused and sad about his predicament. Staff also knew Radar needed to get a break to someplace quiet so they posted him on Facebook for help. They said that the little “Ewok-like” “teddy bear” named Radar was terrified, confused, and wondering where his owner went. Radar’s story quickly spread and a volunteer at the Houston, Texas Animal Justice League stepped in to help Radar.
Radar was then taken to a veterinarian for an exam and that’s when the vet found some errors in the former owner’s story. Radar was probably 12 to 14 years old and he had lived a very hard life. His fur was severely matted, and his nails were uncomfortably long and nearly ingrown. Underneath all that fur, he was malnourished, and he was desperate to find familiar sights and sounds—the doctor said it was like he was searching for his owner everywhere.
Radar had a heart murmur, a gastrointestinal infection, and a fever. He was given antibiotics and pain medication and a much needed bath. Then, he was taken to a warm and comfortable foster home. While it’s clear that Radar does not feel well, he is still a sweet, loving dog that wants nothing more than to be around people. While no one knows exactly what the future holds for Radar, they do know that he has found comfort and love in his foster family and all those who worked to care for him in his time of desperate need at the shelter.