Even though a sign stating, “PLEASE DON’T DUMP YOUR DOGS OR PUPPIES,” greets visitors as they enter the dump, somehow multiple strays are found and rescued by caring community members on a regular basis.
Fletcher was one of the many special animals that came into the welcoming arms of our Program Partner, Oglala Pet Projects (OPP), in the middle of February. Rescued from the dump, Fletcher was huddling in and making the best of a child’s car seat before he was found.
Finding that special home can take time and sometimes the second time hits the jackpot!
The Reservation Animal Rescue™ (RAR) program provides assistance to animal welfare organizations in both the Northern Plains and Southwest. Our program partners are experts at weaving happy endings for furry friends. Many of our staff have adopted animals from our Program Partners and can attest to the fact that rescues make the best companions, bar none. Finding that special home can take time and sometimes the second time hits the jackpot!
Each animal comes with a story — similar, yet varied from all others. Each animal has a unique personality. And, each animal has the uncanny ability to give you those cute, “take me home” eyes and pull you into their story.
Fletcher was no different.
It was just three days after Fletcher’s rescue from the dump that OPP posted a photo with his progress:
"What a difference a few days can make! Our little boy who was found at the dump now has a name, a collar and a foster family. Fletcher is doing great and traveled to foster care in Rapid City yesterday. This little Jack Russell mix is about 6 months old and a sweet little guy. He is being treated for mange so he won't be ready for adoption for a few weeks. He's so smart his foster mom even taught him how to walk himself this morning! He is quite the little character and is going to make a great addition to a special family."
The photo and Fletcher’s story quickly captured a family’s notice because a few weeks later, a note of congratulations went out to Fletcher:
"Less than a month ago Fletcher was found curled up in a car seat at the dump, left alone to survive on his own. Now after being treated for sarcoptic mange and learning the ropes of walking on a leash, playing with toys, and people to love him Fletcher has found a home to call his own. Fletcher will have a little fur sister and a mom and dad to take him on lots of walks. Congrats Fletcher on your new family!"
On National Puppy Day — Fletcher was notified that a new family was found!
Unfortunately, it was only a day later another post come through seeking applications for Fletchers’ placement…
"Due to no fault of his own, Fletcher will be coming back to OPP foster care and will be up for adoption. Fletcher is a great pup around 6 months old and is a terrier mix. He is crate trained, working hard on his potty training with routine, and he does well with other dogs and doesn't pester cats. He walks well on a leash, he's current on vaccinations, deworming, neutered, microchipped and likes snuggle time. Don't get him wrong...he is very much a puppy and needs a family who will be active with him."
One week later — and most appropriately on National Puppy Day — Fletcher was notified that a new family was found. They even traveled all the way from Wyoming to pick him up! A day later, OPP celebrated another successful placement:
"Fletcher's family was so excited to meet him they decided to come today instead of tomorrow! It was love at first sight and Fletcher was busy giving his new dad lots of face kisses. His new canine sister is waiting at home for him so they can run and play together. Congrats Fletcher....we think you hit the little doggie jackpot!"