Unfortunately, most pets who arrive at the shelter don’t have many happy stories or tales to tell. The same can be said for the young pit bull Phoenix, who was absolutely terrified of everyone and everything when the shelter crew first met him.
Phoenix was found tied up against a tree, with blisters and wounds everywhere.
In fact, his condition was so severe that first responders thought Phoenix wouldn’t have a life worth living anymore. He was then placed on a euthanasia list, but luckily, it didn’t have to come that far.
A local rescue group, Litters ‘n Critters Rescue Society from Halifax, Nova Scotia, decided that they would do everything in their power to give Phoenix a second chance. A fighting chance – because that’s the least this poor pup deserved. Even though they were very determined, they were also very realistic about his chances.
“He was in really, really bad shape,” founder of the rescue organization Shelley Cunningham said to The Dodo. “He was very withdrawn and sad.”
The rescue group then brought Phoenix to a veterinarian, and he was deemed well enough to move in with a foster family. Lori Teale and her husband were more than happy to take Phoenix in until he was ready to be put up for adoption, and they were already familiar with the good work that this rescue organization does.
Earlier, the couple adopted pup Echo from the Litters ‘n Critters, and they figured that Echo could use a playing buddy for a while.
Phoenix was extremely scared of his new environment, probably because of the things he’s already been through with his previous owner.
The poor pup was afraid of almost everything, such as passing animals or sudden movements.
“He was terrified of everything when we first brought him home,” Lori recalls. “Loud noises would cause him to shake uncontrollably, or he would shut down completely. Even the smallest things would scare him — curtains moving, a cat passing him or something he didn’t notice was suddenly in view. Phoenix was terrified of sudden movements or if you raise your hands with him near or even slightly raised your voice. He would shut down immediately and pancake to the floor.”
However, Phoenix quickly became better thanks to his new friend Echo.