Bailey’s story is a particularly poignant one. Bailey is old. Very old. This 15-year-old Border Collie mix arrived at the Mercer County Animal Shelter in West Virginia on May 30th. A shelter volunteer posted this about Bailey: “This boy is so sweet. He just rubs up against the cage trying to get close to you. He does not bark, but just cries the most pitiful cry. Every time I think about him I bawl. He just needs some TLC and love for his final years.”
In response to the Mercer County Volunteers’ urgent plea for Bailey, on June 2nd RADAR made an offer to assist as an incentive for a rescue to take Bailey. On June 6th a rescue agreed to take him! On June 8th, Bailey went on to Greener Pastures. No, fortunately he didn’t die, but went to Greener Pastures No-Kill Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania!
Samantha Frey operates Greener Pastures as a sanctuary for all animals, taking in only the most severe cases of neglect, abuse and abandonment. To be less stressful on the animals, the vet comes to the sanctuary. On June 14th, Bailey had his initial vetting done. The growth on his face is not invasive and likely benign. He has a slight heart murmur. Bailey’s blood work indicated that he is in the later stages of kidney disease, and is now on a special diet.
Bailey will be a permanent resident at Greener Pastures. Samantha told us that, “He is truly one of the most pitiful cases I’ve ever seen. Probably one of the first times in 15 years he is able to walk freely on real grass. I cry every time I look at this poor dog. He is so precious! We will keep him happy and comfortable, and let him live out his days with love and dignity. He will want for nothing!” Click here to see more photos of Bailey.
RADAR paid all of Bailey’s initial vetting costs of $221.
UPDATE! All funds for Bailey have been raised! Thank you!
If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Bailey:
Chloe’s SOS Fund; Shelia Smith; Leilani Smith; Perry Figle; Sherry Hutchison
Added on June 20, 2013.