“I’m a pepper, he’s a pepper, she’s a pepper, we’re a pepper, wouldn’t you like to be a pepper too?” No, not a Doctor Pepper, but a Doggie Pepper! This eight-year-old Border Collie mix arrived at the Dinwiddie County Animal Shelter in Virginia on November 5th. Pepper was surrendered by his owner, who had fallen on hard times and had to move, and was unable to take Pepper with him. As an older black dog in a rural kill shelter, Pepper needed some lucky breaks. And that’s just he got. In fact, four of them, each one leading to another!
Pepper’s first lucky break happened when Colleen Nusser, RADAR supporter, asked us to help Pepper on December 5th. With Pepper being in a rural shelter, a senior, and a black dog, of course, we immediately agreed to offer financial assistance for the rescue that pulled him!
His second lucky break was to have the shelter’s volunteer rescue coordinator, Tammy Czapla, as his guardian angel and advocate. Tammy knew all too well that Pepper had almost no chance of getting adopted at the rural shelter. Through Tammy’s networking efforts, she found a rescue willing to take Pepper! With RADAR’s funding, City Dogs Rescue in Washington, DC, would provide Pepper with his third lucky break!
On December 10th and 11th Pepper had his initial vetting and neutering done. Pepper was transported to his foster home on Friday, December 13th.
Friday the 13th turned out to be a very luck day for Pepper. His fourth lucky break took the form of an instantly failed foster! For his foster Mom, Janice Palleria, it was love at first sight, and with her other canine kids Avery, Buddy and Sam also on board, it was a done deal. Janice had this to share with us about Pepper: “What a love bug and an agreeable little guy. No dog deserves to die alone in a shelter, especially a senior. Pepper has so much love and life to give! He will never want for a home, love or attention again.” To see more photos of Pepper, click here.
RADAR paid all of Pepper’s initial vetting and neutering costs of $126.
UPDATE! Pepper has been adopted!
UPDATE! All funds for Pepper have been raised! Thank you!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Pepper:
Chloe’s SOS Fund; Gini & Paul Cormier; Trish Newberg
Added on December 14, 2013.