Magic like the rescue of a death row dog named Bandit.
Not long ago, Bandit was a sad, frightened dog at an over-crowded animal control facility in North Carolina.
When it was time for the dreaded "day" at the overcrowded facility, there was a rescue organization who happened to be waiting in the wings - one with both the room and resources necessary to save Bandit from certain death.
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Bandit, along with his brother, Bear, were saved with the help of A Shelter Friend and City Dogs Rescue.
The rescue agency was warned that Bandit was anti-social and were prepared to give him time to come around. After the quiet dog's first trip to the veterinarian, it was apparent why he was anti-social and despondent - he was in pain.
Video: Saving Bandit
During his weeks at the animal control facility in North Carolina, Bandit had been suffering with the pain of a broken leg. Nobody there knew, but it explained a lot about Bandit's sour mood.
Emergency surgery was needed to repair the long-neglected injury...surgery that was going to be expensive.
With the help of shelter volunteers and the rescue community, as well assistance from A Shelter Friend, the surgery funds were raised and Bandit was on the road to recovery.
Soon, Bandit was well enough to make a trek to Washington, D.C., where he was paired up with a patient foster home. There, he began to heal his wounded leg as well as his wounded heart.
As soon as Bandit realized that he was safe, loved and finally, wanted, his true personality blossomed.
Eventually, as the scars of his past faded, Bandit found a new family.
City Dogs Rescue shared the following heartwarming update:
Bandit has been renamed Kai which means strong, unbreakable, triumphant, love, ocean, and dog in several different languages. As the dog who never gave up, Kai is the perfect name.
Everyday, dogs like Bandit are rescued. Unfortunately, everyday, dogs just like Bandit are also killed.
Through the support of rescue agencies, who rely upon volunteers, foster homes, and donations, dogs like Bandit get the chance to live out happy, full lives enjoying the one thing that they long for more than anything else - being loved.
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