Sick dog arrived at shelter a stray, but the rusty collar around his neck told another story!

The United States has approximately 7 million animals that are living in shelters. How they ended up in the shelter varies.

Some animals were found as strays, and many others were abandoned there by their owners.

A sick dog Atago arrived at a high-kill shelter in Texas, and he was in terrible shape.

Not only did Atago have mites, but he also had a severe case of mange. The shelter staff also found a collar around his neck that was rusty.

So, clearly someone had owned Atago and had neglected to care for him properly. Atago’s future was very uncertain until A-Team ELITE Rescue Dogs stepped in and fought for him.

Cindy Droogmans, the founder of A-Team ELITE, was probably the first human in a long time that was willing to give Atago a chance.

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The sick dog  was taken away from the shelter and given time to heal. He was also given decent food and a lot of TLC.

Can you guess what started to happen? Atago got better! His fur started to grow back, and he wasn’t itchy and uncomfortable anymore!

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Not only that, but he found his spark too! Atago will eventually move from Texas to New York where he will begin his search for a new forever home.

Until then, Atago is taking time to smell the grass and enjoy life!

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If you are looking for a new pet, consider adoption, there are too many animals in shelters that need loving homes.

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