It took 15 years, but Bear was finally given the life he deserves.
For almost his entire lifetime, a Lab-Chow mix named Bear lived without knowing what was on the other side of his fence. A thick chain kept him tethered to a tree in his owner's backyard, and it never came off. His life was cold and lonely, but then a rescue group called Guardians of Rescue found him.
Guardians of Rescue in Smithtown, New York is a registered non-profit organization committed to the well-being of animals. They facilitate animal fostering and adoption, and occasionally, they pull dogs and cats out of abusive and neglectful situations.
When they received reports of an elderly dog in need of help, they decided to get involved. They didn't know what to expect, but they brought Bear a new doghouse and talked to his owners. While it was clear that Bear wasn't being abused, he was definitely being neglected. His owners brought him food on a daily basis and kept his water dish full, but they provided nothing beyond basic survival needs.
Exposed to 15 year's worth of weather, the senior dog was tired, and his coat was thick and rough. Rescuers knew he wouldn't last much longer tied to the end of a chain.
They wanted to give him the life he'd been missing out on, and they persuaded his owners to give him up. After a lifetime of only being able to walk a few feet, Bear's chain was finally removed. He was taken in by the rescue group, and they immediately set out to find him a loving forever family.
After a visit to the vet and his first bath, Bear went on a field trip to Petco. He picked out his first toy, and afterward, he enjoyed a delicious bowl of ice cream. Guardians of Rescue said in a Facebook post:
"With the excitement of a kind in a candy store, this old dog in the doggie toy aisle got to sniff and nose a bunch of new things he probably has never experienced in his years."
Humans showed him no kindness during the first 15 years of his life, but as the group's vice president said;
"He's just a sweet old man who holds no grudges."
Once Bear grew accustomed to life off the chain, it was time for step two: a new family. Rescue staff were looking for a home where Bear would be welcome inside with a warm and comfortable place to rest. He wasn't a puppy anymore, but they knew there was someone out there willing to make him a part of the family.
Thanks to "Good Morning America" and comedian Ricky Gervais, they didn't have to wait long. Gervais was originally scheduled to be featured on the popular morning show to talk about his new film. But when he heard about Bear, his priorities changed. He said on the show;
"I was here to talk about that, but I've just discovered there's a dog needs adopting, so I'd rather use my segment to get him adopted. I'm not leaving until we get a phone call this guy's adopted. He was chained up for 15 years."
Gervais' plea worked, and the rescue dog is now living a new life. He's finally a spoiled house dog and will live out the rest of his years in his loving new home.
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Images via Facebook/Guardians of Rescue
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