Harriet was one of over 2000 dogs on the property, but for absolutely one of the saddest reasons of all, she stood out amongst all of them…
Other dog ran and played, but Harriet just sat, still like a statue, humbly and scared in the corner, she looked stressed and her fur was ground with dirt and filth.
All the dogs came from pretty much the same sorts of places, they were strays, found roaming or taken from the trucks that were destined for slaughterhouses and alike.
The owner of the place, a woman who rescues dogs and keeps them safe and sound regularly has Slaughterhouse Survivors and rescued animals.
They knew straight away that the dog was Harriet…
Rachel Hinman, a U.S. volunteer said:
“We were visiting the property in May, and in the far back corner, I see this tiny little husky looking completely scared”
“I tried reaching out, and she just sat there. We had no idea where she came from, but she was not doing well.”
When they picked up Harriet the other rescuers could really see the extent of the neglect that she had suffered.
Her fur was matted with putrid filth and excrement, she was thin as a pin and all bones, she was so small that they thought that she might even be a small husky dog.
After Harriet realized that she was safe, she was happy in the arms of the team and hardly made any noise at all on the way to the vet clinic.
The woman who founded the worked in the rescue full time was making a very well known to her journey that she made all too often.
Hayley Hayes-Fitzgerald, Aimee Clarke and Emily Parker, all expats who live in Harbin and work as teachers during the day.
“We thought she was a young puppy for sure, due to her size”
“But the vet checked her teeth and estimated she was probably 8 months old. She just must’ve been so malnourished that it affected her growth.”
Harriet didn’t have any serious medical problems, thankfully, apart from malnutrition and her terrible fur, which they shaved off to start again and bath her, to help her heal and recover.
She would be staying in the rescue center there now for about another two months to heal and gain a little weight, to recuperate!
“She was so quiet and docile …It took us a long time to shave off all her fur, but she sat there so patiently and never barked or growled.”
“That really touched me. She had been through so much, and like many other dogs Harbin SHS rescues was naturally sweet, playful and kind.”
As the weeks passed Harriet was just getting healthier and healthier by the day, she was in fact no longer afraid like before and really gained her confidence.
She was ready for a new life and a forever home, a woman from Canada had seen Harriet’s pics online and just knew she would adopt her.
The end of July came and Harriet flew with a volunteer into San Francisco, where she met her new mom for the very first time ever.
“I knew she was for me the second I saw her; she looked so sad and all I wanted to do was make her happy right away”
“Since I have had her, we have went on road trips, we have flown together, she went to Lake Louise [in Canada] … She is my princess. She loves everyone she meets.”
In her new home, she has been renamed Bailey by her lovely new family, she has three dog sisters, and one of them is another rescue pup from the Harbin SHS, called Anezka.
“I see her now and it just warms my heart …I think of all the people who came together to help her — they are the real heroes of this story. Every dog deserves a second chance, and Harriet is such a perfect example of that.”
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