Some of you know about Tigger from one of our volunteer's tearful babbling or if you were really lucky from her dragging you to meet and feed him by sneaking into his yard. For those who have escaped this story, Tigger was a stray found about 2 years ago. He had escaped his chain and lucky for him a kind volunteer found him and spent some tender moments in the car with him while waiting for animal control. Despite the fact that he peed on her back seat, they played and wrestled around and he basically gave her an entire bath of kisses. He was picked up by his owners and by word of mouth the volunteer found out where Tigger lived, just a block and a half from her.
Since that time, he has lived outside on a chain in the dirt tied to an old jukebox. Through rain, snow, heat and cold. Sometimes he ate some times not. The volunteer coming over bringing him food, toys, hay in the winter and even a dog house. Last week she learned that the water and power had been turned off at the house in the house and that the tenants had moved leaving Tigger in the dirt chained to the old jukebox. With the assistance of Richmond Animal Care and Control he was finally removed from his chain.
Today we went to see him at Animal Control and took him in the play yard- free of his chain, allowed to roam wherever he wanted. He loved all the new noises, smells and is learning to lean into us for some rubs. Employees told us that once he was removed from his chain he was friendly, allowed his ears to be cleaned and treated , patiently accepted his vaccinations and even wagged his tail. We are very cautiously optimistic. We want to pull him into rescue as the pound is completely full and since he was surrendered by the owner, he needs to be first to go.
We need funds to board him until a foster home materializes, provide medical care, and to have him work with a trainer to give him the best possible footing for his new life. Please help Tigger. Thank you!
*please note- the sad pics are him are from his chained life, the "happier" pics are him at a crowded pound facing euthanasia. He is just happy to be fed, in air conditioning and being loved by people. We hope to share more happy picc out of the pound!