When an elderly dog arrives at a shelter, it usually doesn’t have a happy outcome. Few people are lining up to adopt older animals, but for those who do, the rewards are great. Ruthie the Chihuahua was in terrible shape when she arrived at a shelter in Texas, but she found a loving home and family.
12. Dangerously Thin
Ruthie was a 16-year old stray Chihuahua mix who was found living on the streets of Abilene, Texas. When she was taken to a shelter, the medical team didn’t think she would make it. Ruthie was dangerously thin, had eye and skin infections and was suffering with gum disease. She was riddled with fleas and despondent.