This is a story for dog lovers, but cat lovers can share it too as many cats are also dumped. I live in the country with no houses within sight so when a dog showed up at my house, I knew someone had dumped it there.
Last Saturday morning Jan 7 - the temp in central IL was zero degrees - the dog on my front porch had obviously been there all night - there was frost on his muzzle. When I tried to approach him, he barked and growled at me - my dogs are all little ones - but this boy was big - a pit bull type. I went in and called Mark, the county animal control officer. Mark was drinking his coffee, and slow to get here - and by the time he arrived, the dog was gone. We could see his tracks in the snow and tell that he had gone north - Mark went looking for him, and so did I - but we didn't find him.
I worried all night thinking of the dog outdoors - the temp was zero again. Sunday morning I went to church, stopping to look for the dog at an empty house, thinking he might have taken shelter there - hoping that he hadn't met up with coyotes. At home again, I went out to my kennel - there was the dog - in one of my kennel runs. He had to jump or climb two 4' fences and the 4' chain link kennel fence to get into the run - no gates were open. There was a dog house in the run - big enough for the dog - he was in there trying to find a place to get warm.
When I tried to approach him, he growled and barked at me - I went in and called Mark - came immediately - when the dog saw him, he dissolved into a tail wagging, friendly dog, licking Mark's face. Evidently he was used to a man like Mark.
Mark is a dog lover - he says he can find a good home for the dog. I love stories with happy endings - too many animal stories don't turn out that way - and most of us could tell about animal abuse we have encountered. Whoever dropped off the dog on the coldest night of the month was cruel - it goes without saying - but leaving him at my house was fortunate.