They Left Me – Heartwarming Story Contest

This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $500 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become an Iams Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2013.

“Gentle Giant” Rottweiler Left To Die

By Blount County Humane Society, located in Blount County, Tennesee

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Gentle Giant Goliath - Rottweiler

This picture was taken when Goliath was first rescued.

Goliath is a young Rottweiler that finally hit the jackpot!  Blount County Humane Society met him when our Cruelty Team was responding to a cruelty call on a neighboring property.  He was just a big puppy, then, kept chained outdoors 24/7 at the time, but legally, no laws were being broken.

We kept an eye on Goliath over the next few months, during which time his owner gave him away to another person.  We kept in touch with the neighbors, and sure enough, some months later the second owner moved and left poor Goliath to fend for himself.

The neighbors were afraid of Goliath, even though he was a gentle giant by nature and wouldn’t hurt a fly.  They called the Blount County Humane Society to come and get him.

We found him laying on the porch of his abandoned home, still waiting for the people that would have never come back for him.  They had been gone several days already, and he had begun losing weight.  He lived in a remote area where stray animals are common, and it is not uncommon for dogs to be abandoned, or even shot, if they are unwanted. Goliath came right to us and hopped in our vehicle.

Gentle Giant Goliath - RottweilerWe were so excited to finally have our chance to get Goliath out of such a bad situation.  We got his weight back up and then he was given veterinary care for the first time in his life.

Goliath was adopted and now, he is shiny, healthy and happy! He lives indoors, in a nice home with a fenced yard, a Rottie playmate named Maggie, and an owner that will love and keep him forever.  He seems very appreciative of all the wonderful things in his life now!

Gentle Giant Goliath - Rottweiler

Goliath is the dog on the right – happily dozing!

Every week during the 2012 Iams Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2012 – Jan. 2, 2013), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by snail mail, fax or email, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center and Iams will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 2, 2013, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, your fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $500 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February 2013. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.


4 responses to “They Left Me – Heartwarming Story Contest

  1. Goliath is one of the sweetest dogs I have known. He wants so much to be a part of a family [pack]. Although he has not been trained, he works really hard to learn. What a wonderful dog.

  2. Heart warming story! The people that left such a sweetheart like Goliath behind deserve to be thrown a quick slant over the middle where Al Wilson and Leonard Little are waiting and let me tell you, they are not happy.

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