For most people interested in adopting a dog into their home, the focus is typically on young dogs or puppies. That’s not the case for one man, however. Ronnie Stanley, who is an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens football team, visited the BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland and asked for the least adoptable dog that no one else wanted. He was interested in saving and adopting a dog like that and the shelter had just the dog for him.
Winter was rescued from the inside of a vacant home in the area. She was found inside with no food or water in the middle of the summer. The frightened and starving dog had been eating drywall, either as a way to survive or perhaps in the hopes of getting out of the house. Worse yet, it looked like Winter had been used for breeding purposes based on her hanging, low belly. That’s a sign that a dog has had too many litters; leading rescuers to believe she was simply used up for breeding and then thrown away. Saldy, both her age (she is six years old) and the hanging belly caused her to be overlooked by potential adopters.
That’s where Ronnie comes in. He and his girlfriend and one of his teammates visited the shelter and Ronnie and Winter hit it off immediately. He and his girlfriend met with Winter and filled out the paperwork to adopt her that day. Even better, he decided to take a class for new adopters while his teammate signed up to volunteer at the shelter carrying large bags of dog food to help the staff. Winter now goes by Lola and lives with Ronnie and his other dog, Rico. Shelter staff at BARCS could not be happier with the arrangement: a dog found the perfect new home and a sports star was able to bring light to the importance of adopting a dog in need of a good home.