Veterinarians and shelter workers devote their lives to helping animals, but unfortunately, when the shelter doesn’t have enough space, they are the ones that have to end innocent lives of those who never found a forever home.
At the Ozark City Animal Shelter in Alabama, any animal that has not been adopted for more than a week are unfortunately put to sleep. So when no one adopted a mixed-breed dog who was recovering from a car accident, the shelter had no choice but to euthanize him.
“That evening, a vet came to put to sleep the dogs on the list to die,” Two By Two Rescue explained. “After euthanizing the dogs, he verifies that the heartbeat has ceased. As he checked this particular dog, he heard a faint heartbeat and euthanized him again. He rechecked his heartbeat and signed off on the records that the four-year-old black shepherd mix was dead.”
The staff expected to find the dog’s lifeless body in the cage, however, they were stunned when they walked in and saw a very different scene. “When the staff arrived in the morning, to their shock the dog was looking at them. He had even eaten his leftover food from the day before. Though scared and wobbly, he was sitting in his cage alive!”
The vet still has no explanation for how the 4-year-old dog, who was later named Lazarus, managed to survive. “His body overcame and he had a will to live and somehow, someway he made it through,” shelter volunteer Cortney Blankenship said about the dog, who was then moved to a foster home where he made a full recovery from his multiple near-death experiences.
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