Rescuer’s Plea For Shelter Dog Just Hours Away From Being Euthanized Inspires Christmas Miracle

This is a heartwarming video about the rescue of one dog. It shows how “just one dog” inspired people to come together to perform a Christmas miracle. Two days before Christmas, a rescuer entered a high-kill shelter and instantly connected with a dog who was just hours away from being euthanized.

His name is Stanley and he had a severe case of mange. It was so bad he could barely open his eyes. The rescuer couldn’t get the Pit Bull out of her mind, and decided to see what she can do to change the life of this dog.

Cathy Stanley of Camp Cocker Rescue made a video of Stanley at the shelter was located in Los Angeles. Cathy ended up pulling Stanley out, not knowing where he would be going. She said, “I got him out and started him on his medical rehab. I then made the full version of the ‘Just One Dog’ video and started e-mailing that around like crazy, begging people to help me find a good rescue.”




Her video and plea spread virally and on Christmas Day and Dave Schofield of Respect-A-Bull, a foster-based Pit Bull Terrier rescue on Vancouver Island, Canada received an email with Stanley’s story. He and his wife Jo-Ann watched the video and immediately wanted to help.

Dave called Cathy on Christmas Day and offered to take Stanley. Enough money was raised to bring Stanley to Port Alberni, British Columbia and Stanley went into foster care right away!




The newscast video below covers Stanley’s arrival at Respect-a-Bull.

The group had many people interested in adopting Stanley after they had seen the “Just one dog” video. But funnily enough, Stanley ended up being adopted by a couple who had never seen the video.

Josh and Teresa Caufield adopted Stanley because they were won over by Stanley’s happy and friendly personality.






Now four years plus, Stanley is loving life and is well loved by his new family, his time on death-row a distant memory. And since Stanley’s wonderful rescue, Camp Cocker and Respect-A-Bull continue to work together to help save Pit Bulls like Stanley.

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