The shelter can be a very scary place for dogs, especially senior dogs who spent their life in a home. A ten year old boxer recently found himself in the shelter, and time was running out for him. The senior dog did not have anyone to adopt him and he was scheduled to be euthanized. Staff at the Mesquite Animal Shelter tried to find a home for him after he was picked up as a stray. Nothing else worked, so they contacted a woman named Leslie Ysuhuaylas who was a shelter volunteer and rescuer, as a last resort. Leslie went to the shelter with her camera and took photos to help him find a family, and quickly.
When she arrived, things were not good. The boxer did not get up or react when she got to his kennel; he just laid there. He didn’t wag his tail or make eye contact, he just laid there looking sad and almost as though he had given up. Leslie posted the photos to Facebook, where they quickly went viral. There were many people who contacted her about adopting him, but nothing actually worked out. That’s when Legacy Boxer Rescue stepped in. They specialize in the boxer breed and James and Robin Zalinski picked up the dog for foster care and gave him a name: Wendell.
Since he left the shelter, Wendell is a new dog. He’s sweet, relaxed and very grateful to be out of the shelter environment. They say he knows some basic commands, is housetrained, and really just a sweet, laid-back guy. As an older dog, he just loves to be around people—both adults and kids, and really is just looking for a home where he can relax and feel safe again. Wendell is currently in foster care, but is now looking for his forever home with a family who will love him.