When a group of stray dogs rounded up from the streets of Wilson, North Carolina was about to board a plane to their new forever homes, one dog named Henley was not having any of it. Henley, a former street dog who had the signs of abuse written all over his emaciated frame, was so afraid to board the plane that he was shaking. Rescuers tried to assure him that he would be alright, but Henley was terrified of all men, including the pilot.
When Henley was found on the streets of Wilson, North Carolina, he was covered in ticks and parasites. A rope had been discovered embedded around his neck, suggesting that Henley chewed his way to freedom. Unfortunately, Henley’s freedom would be short lived as he was slated to be euthanized in merely a few days after his arrival. The emaciated Henley was in serious trouble.
Days before he was to be put down, staffers with the New York City-based Rescue Dogs Rock NYC intervened on his behalf and arranged for the poor pup to be flown to New York, where a foster family awaited. The flight to New York was arranged by Paul Steklenski, founder of Flying Fur Animal Rescue. The first order of business was soothing the mind of Henley because he was terrified of any and all men who approached him.
In fact, as Steklenski tried to approach Henley, he cowered in fear and began shaking uncontrollably. Steklenski recruited a female staffer from Rescue Dogs Rock NYC to coax him into the crate, and thankfully, Henley’s flight to freedom commenced.
“It was the most difficult transport experience I’ve ever had. To have a dog, a pup, so abused, so tortured, that you couldn’t comfort him before the flight — it’s the absolute worst feeling anyone in transport will know. Henley hit me hard. I couldn’t stop thinking about him. To be abused, scared and hours always from death, it just wasn’t fair.”
When Henley, and the seven other dogs finally landed on the tarmac, Henley was let out of his crate and stopped to pause and look at Steklenski as if to say thank you. It was an image that always stayed with Steklenski weeks after the flight and so one day, he decided to pay Henley a visit at his new foster home.
Amazingly Henley remembered his old pilot pal and was no longer afraid this time. He had nothing but love to give as Steklenski continues,
“Now he looks amazing. He’s got a great foster home. He’s wearing sweaters, has a big back yard. It’s just awesome. He is the very core of why I do what I do.”
Henley is looking for a family today. Think that person is you? If you or someone you know is interested in giving this precious pup a home, please visit his adoption profile here. Additionally, please share this story on Facebook or Twitter so we are closer to finding Henley a forever home. We have done it before and can certainly do it again.
[Source Story: Fido4ever ]
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