People like Karen Velazques who make a difference in dogs’ lives are my kind of people. These individuals deserve our utmost respect for stepping in for animals in need and making this world a much better place.
Karen is a foster mom of a senior dog with a sad past named Sanford, but thanks to her dedication and affection this dog got a second chance at life and is thriving in his new home.
“I am presently on my 52nd foster, and I can genuinely say that I’ve never had anyone as jovial as him,” Velazquez told The Dodo. “He looks at me in a way that no other animal or human has ever looked at me, including my own pets. Essentially, the only time he is not smiling is when he is asleep or eating.”
When he was first spotted wandering the streets of Dallas, Texas, poor Stanford could barely walk and was both terrified and confused. His rescuers took him off the streets and placed him in a small shelter where he stayed for a week.
The vets there realized that he was hit by a car at some point in his life and had a bullet stuck in his hind leg but they lacked resources and couldn’t do much to treat him.
There, Stanford got even more puzzled and spent his days at the corner of his kennel. That’s when a volunteer from Dallas DogRRR noticed him and decided to do something for him.
Kerry Anechiarico, executive director of Dallas DogRRR spoke to The Dodo saying, “He was physically broken … and when the volunteer went to see him, he didn’t really make any effort to come and say hello. It’s almost like he had given up, and he was just waiting for his time to come.”
Fortune smiled up on Stanford when Velazquez crossed his life path and opened the doors of her heart and home to him.
“He came to my home on May 1, just a few days after he was released from the hospital,” Velazquez said. “He has been all smiles ever since. I think the minute he came to my home, he realized he was in a safe place.”
Now Stanford is the most spoiled dog ever. He has the time of his life running around, eating what he wishes, and taking long naps whenever he pleases.
Based on his bubbly personality, no one would say that this sweet and loving dog is 10 years old. He’s got the energy of a puppy.
He’s great around other dogs and humans and will hopefully find a forever home very soon with someone as caring as his foster mommy.
“He’s the perfect companion dog that you can come home to,” Anechiarico said. “He’ll wag his tail and greet you, and he’ll just keep you company for the rest of the day. He’s just a happy-go-lucky dog now.”
If you believe you are the right person for Stanford, please contact Dallas DogRRR. Maybe you will be the lucky person to have such an awesome dog in your life.