Here is the story of Adam. He was found living in deplorable conditions with 54 other animals outside of Tallahassee, Florida.
When he was found, Adam was pink and hairless, covered in scabs because of a skin infection, and could not be touched because it was too painful. The rescuers from the ASPCA had little hope for his future.
“He was among the worst cases I’ve seen in my many years in animal welfare,” said John Robinson, division manager of Escambia County Animal Services, which helped care for Adam. “Aside from his poor physical condition, he was extremely fearful and undersocialized, and showed signs of depression and stress.”
Adam’s rescuers wouldn’t give up, but, for many dogs, that would have been the end of the line.
Adam was given weeks of medicated baths and rounds of antibiotics, and his fur slowly started growing back and his bubbly personality began to blossom. Just as he started to heal, Hurricane Irma was bearing down on the state of Florida. Adam had to leave the only safe place he had ever known and was moved to the Providence Animal Center (PAC) in Media, Pennsylvania. This would be his first real step toward finding a home.
Pat and Chuck Feldman began thinking about adding another member to their family. They already had two dogs, Cooper and Mocha, and they needed to find the perfect fit: a pup who could match the playful energy of their young boxer mix Cooper, but sensitive enough to match 8-year-old Mocha’s slower pace. The perfect pup also had to like the Feldman’s three cats.
Dayna Villa, PAC’s director of operations, suggested Adam will fit the bill.
“She thought [Adam’s] playfulness would be good for Cooper but he would be respectful and gentle with our older girl,” Pat Feldman said. “My son and I took our two dogs to the center to meet [him]. The dogs were first introduced through the fence and when that went well, [Adam] came into the play yard where we were.”
Adam finally revealed his true personality; a sunny temperament that even a lifetime of hardship and neglect could not change.
“To say he came into the yard is an understatement,” Feldman recalled. “It was more like he bounced into the yard. He seemed so happy, even the volunteer who was there with us said she had never seen him act that way.”
“That was all it took,” Feldman added. “He came home with us that afternoon.”
Adam was adopted by the Feldmans and changed his name to something more in line with his bubbly nature — Astro.
In only two months, Astro has adjusted quickly to his new home and the life of a pampered pet.
“Astro makes us laugh,” Feldman noted. “He bounces around our house. He has given Cooper a playmate and which has made life much easier for our older boxer.”
Astro loves the other two dogs and is even mildly interested in the cats, he is still shy and fearful around people, especially men. Thanks to his loving family and the help of a trainer, Astro is learning to trust again.
“Seeing Astro today gives me the strength to continue fighting for the victims of cruelty,” Adam Leath, southeast regional director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team, which led the rescue, said in a statement. “My heart goes out to his new family, who gave him a second chance and have shown him what it’s like to be loved.”
The Feldmans couldn’t be more pleased with their new addition. “He has brought happiness and peace to our lives,” Feldman said. “It makes us feel really good that we could give this wonderful, sweet, shy guy a loving home and family.”
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