Hercules - an albino Doberman, dumped in the Angeles Crest Forest.

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    A few days ago I got a call from my friend Lisa Chiarelli about Hercules. She found him while hiking in the Angeles Crest Forest.

    Hercules was just standing there like a zombie, super skinny, suffering from a heat stroke, poisioning, and from kidney failure. She placed a leash on him, and rushed him to my vet.

    With kidney failure, I feared the worst. After intensive care for 48 hours by the amazing team at the Veterinary Care Center, he bounced back, his kidneys went back to normal function. I kept visiting him daily as he was recovering, and he was just so sweet and grateful to be alive.

    If Lisa was not there that day, he would have died for sure.

    Lisa fostered him for a couple of weeks and yesterday she called me. I could hear right away that she was crying.

    I asked "what happened??"

    she replied "he is gone".

    My heart stopped for a second.

    "Gone?" I asked.

    She said "yes... to his amazing new home".

    PHEW!!!!! :-)

    It's so easy to get attached to these amazing animals, and it's always hard to let them go. As fosters we have to keep reminding ourselves that they are going to great homes that we check personally, and that it opens a place for the next animal that needs our help.

    Thank you so much Lisa!!


    p.s. to see my rescue video (the last one I posted), please click here: www.youtube.com/v/YJkZXh9v_i4

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    1. LunaG. 38 months ago | reply

      Oh, what a gorgeous boy!
      Great that his story has such an amazing ending.

    2. andre govia. 37 months ago | reply

      All i can say here is God bless you all ! great work

    3. DirkVandeVelde (very busy) 37 months ago | reply

      Outstanding picture !!!
      Congratulations on Explore !!

    4. Melodie717 37 months ago | reply

      I am so deeply touched by your story and Hercules' brave journey! Thank you, thank you so much for what you do! You speak for the creatures who cannot speak for themselves -- they are blessed for having encountered you.

    5. BRIANOSS 37 months ago | reply

      A brilliant, really touching shot.

    6. Sunset~Beauty 37 months ago | reply

      That is so sweet! I'm glad he's okay and in a new home. :)

    7. chriscarter1999 [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

      Excellent picture

    8. westiemumma 37 months ago | reply

      poor thing glad you found each other

    9. BethRabbit51 37 months ago | reply

      What a wonderful dog, who would leave him to die! Now he has a forever home and he looks terrific, thanks to your organization!

    10. Marinemom351 37 months ago | reply

      Wow. So very awesome. I have been home sick today and found this story while checking email and coming upon your site. So while I am coughing I am also sobbing...at the inhumanity of some people, and the amazing humanity of others. Thank you for all that you do. My brother and his family live in the valley and they are known as the family who rescues. They get phone calls at all hours of the day or night, or find boxes on their front porch with abandoned animals inside. These animals are lovingly cared for and go to homes who are scrutinzed for goodness. Thank goodness for all of you.

    11. jane.marley07@btinternet.com 37 months ago | reply

      He is so gorgeous, if I wasn't in the UK and didn't already have 3 dogs I would have given him a great home !!!! I had a doberman cross breed from a rescue centre, Lilly she was an absolute angel and my best friend in the world, she was taken before her time and went over the rainbow to play with her doggy friends in heaven. I hope this gorgeous and unusual loving dog enjoys the rest of his life being part of a loving home :-)

    12. Starsprite*LIZ126 37 months ago | reply

      A very moving story.

    13. L'Embellie 37 months ago | reply

      Touching story. I'm deeply touched ...

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    14. candleshoe 37 months ago | reply

      This is one gorgeous baby!

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    15. julsie5 37 months ago | reply

      That is one handsome soul...so happy for him!

    16. karenmarie57 37 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful. sweet dog. Thank you to all of you who took part in his rescue and care. Who ever adopted him is very, very lucky. :)

    17. sunrose130 37 months ago | reply

      I feel sorry for you because you probably have never experienced being loved unconditionally by a dog. There is no better true, honest love than that of a dog.

    18. Hahahel & 4-legged angels 32 months ago | reply

      Thanks God he is ok now!!!!...and how beauuuutiful he is!

    19. gurg353 15 months ago | reply

      B E A U T I F U L..... who cannot love this handsome beauty? we loved her from the first time we saw her

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