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The Story of Tillie

posted Apr 14, 2012, 1:38 PM by Jeffrey Christoffersen   [ updated Apr 14, 2012, 1:57 PM ]

Originally posted February 2008

During a FIDO neighborhood outreach day on a winter day in a poor neighborhood of Indianapolis, we drove down the alleys looking for chained dogs that needed assistance. We discovered a young, skinny, female boxer tethered on a tangled chain so short she could barely even move her head. She was tied up in the middle of a backyard with no shelter whatsoever enduring the elements on a cold winter day. Being a boxer with very short fur, we could see her shivering, even from a distance. Yet being the sweet dog that she was, she looked up at us and wagged her tail.

So we went to the front door of the house to talk to the owner and offer assistance. No one answered the door and the house appeared to be abandoned. Because FIDO does not have the legal authority to take animals from residences, we contacted Indianapolis Animal Care and Control for emergency assistance. This poor dog likely would not have survived much longer abandoned under these conditions.

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control did impound the dog. IACC was also willing to release the dog to a rescue group if a foster home could be found for the dog. FIDO contacted the local animal welfare group ARPO (Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership) for fostering and adoption assistance. As usual, ARPO came through for us and placed Tillie in one of their once best foster homes.

Being the sweet pooch that she was, it didn’t take long to find a great home for her. Tillie has gone form living on a short chain with no shelter to sleeping in a soft, warm bed with her new dog sister. Could like get any better? We don’t think so!

Here is an excerpt from Tillie’s new family:

“Tillie is GREAT, She has really bonded with Pumpkin she has to be with her all the time. And pumpkin is loving it. They play all the time. Family members from out of town have sent gifts (like she needs more) ha,ha. We go to Pet Supply Plus often , they all love seeing them, and always need more bones.”

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