By Harriet Kaufman, HCWS Volunteer
Meet Lucky. Looking at this adorable little Maltese’s face, you would never know that Lucky has quite a story – one with a very happy ending, but bless his little heart, he’s been through so much in his short life.
One day after Heaven Can Wait adoptions, our Dog Coordinator was driving back to the prison to return the dogs that were not adopted to the Pups on Parole program. The Pups on Parole program partners women prisoners with abandoned and homeless animals for HCWS for the purpose of rehabilitation and future adoption.
On this particular day, as our Dog Coordinator was heading to the prison for a visit, to her horror, she watched as the car in front of her stopped in the street and threw the beautiful little boy above out the window. Off they sped, while our coordinator immediately pulled over to approach the dog to make sure he was ok. However, he took off running into the desert. She spent hours and hours that day out in the desert looking for the white Maltese, to no avail.
For six whole months, she put out food and water for the missing dog by the prison, while continuing to scan the area hoping to find him. She had almost given up hope, when out of the blue she received a call from a guard at the prison. They informed her that a dirty little white dog was out back digging through the trash, and they asked if our coordinator would please come and take a look at him. She raced out there and was shocked when she suddenly realized it was the little white Maltese for which she had been searching all this time!
His new name became Lucky. Lucky did not resist when our Dog Coordinator picked him up for comfort – as he had completely given up on life. He was so badly matted that he couldn’t walk, and months worth of waste were piled up high on his back legs and buttocks. It took the women at the prison days to clean him up and remove the mattes and waste from out of his fur.
Lucky was very shy and very scared. He would not bark or play, and he would just hide. But, with lots of love and attention from the women prisoners – and with a lot of extra patience – after a few months, they were able to coax Lucky out of his shell.
When Lucky finally made it to adoptions, you wouldn’t have even recognized him! He was a happy, jumpy, barky, fluffy ball of joy – wagging his tail happily when anyone approached him. Lucky is now living in a wonderful home with wonderful loving parents and has never been happier.
Without the support and caring nature of our volunteers and staff, stories like Lucky’s would not have the same happy ending. The Pups on Parole program is a life saver. Literally. People like you, who read the blog, who contribute time and love to the animals, and who donate funds for supplies, have helped to make HCWS what it is today…a safe place for little white Maltese to lay their adorable little heads and have a safe haven.
To see other dogs like Lucky (and cats) that are waiting for a new home, or to sponsor one of these pets please visit the Heaven Can Wait website.