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After Dustin Oliver got a tip about an abandoned dog, he arrived to find this: a pit bull curled up on a mattress, waiting for owners that weren’t coming back.
A neighbor told Oliver the dog’s family had left a month ago, but their belongings were put on the curb last week. They came back to pick up some items, but the dog — who Oliver named Boo — stayed behind.
“They left behind what they didn’t want, including Boo,” Oliver told BuzzFeed News.
Boo was standoffish at first, not letting Oliver get too close. So, not wanting to break his trust of humans, he took things slowly.
He ended up staying with Boo until 1 a.m. that night, just talking to him, trying to get closer.
“I think he was unsure of humans,” he said. “I think he was waiting for his family to come back and get him.”
He came back the next morning with breakfast — two sausage McMuffins and two hash browns.
Boo gobbled them up.
Finally, later that afternoon, Oliver managed to get a leash around Boo. They then sat for another 45 minutes, hanging out and chatting.
“We just had a conversation, me and Boo. I told him how this is going to go, how he’ll never be hurt again,” Oliver said.
Then it was off to the vet to get Boo a checkup.
While all this was going on, Boo’s story was going viral. Thousands of people had shared that first photo of him on the mattress, and already offers to adopt Boo were pouring in.
This picture absolutely breaks my heart, I am literally in tears. Meet Boo, this beautiful boy was left behind with the trash and belongings when the family moved out. He stayed right by their stuff and never left it, confused and lonely. He was rescued by Mike Diesel after a neighbor contacted him because Boo had been discarded outside for over a week. Mike spent 11 hours working to gain Boo’s trust so he could rescue him. He is being cared for by Mike and the Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue (which he founded). If anyone is interested in adopting him or donating to his care, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call into Groesbeck Animal Hospital at 586-463-7387 ❤️ Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue photo source: Mike Diesel and Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue.
People also started sending in donations, which was good news for Boo, since it turns out he has stage-two heartworm.
Oliver said it’s not uncommon for the dogs he rescues to have health issues. Owners often abandon them because they can’t afford veterinary care.
And those hours and hours on that curb paid off. As soon as Boo heard Oliver’s voice he ran over for a hug.