2018-01-27 / The Bullhorn

Stray dog finds forever home thanks to APS, RCS Extravaganza

As a member of the Animal Protection Society of Person County (APS), a non-profit organization that helps save abandoned dogs and cats, my mom, Beth Townsend, gets lots of phone calls about stray animals. One call led to a stray being adopted at my school.

Last fall, there was one special call from a distressed woman who needed someone to catch a carelessly abandoned puppy by the Saddle Club in Roxboro.

The woman said that she had been feeding the dog but couldn’t get ahold of it. She was leaving town, and wanted help feeding the stray so it wouldn’t die of starvation.

Having a dog living by the side of the road is dangerous because it could easily be killed by a car.

After school one day, my mom and I drove to the address to try and catch the abandoned dog. As we pulled into the driveway, a whimpering, scrawny, and timid stray came out of the woods.

The poor dog looked almost emaciated and stared longingly at the food in my mom’s hand. It looked as if he had not eaten in days. My mom filled a bowl of food and the stray devoured it hungrily.


Scout, front, right, is pictured here with his forever family, the Jeffreys. A Person County resident notified Animal Protection Society of Person County about the stray. He was picked up and fostered by APS, until Roxboro Community School’s Holiday Extravaganza last fall. Scout and other animals were on display at the event, and his family fell in love with him. After meeting adoption requirements, Scout joined the Jeffreys family. 
PHOTO SUBMITTED BY APS OF PERSON COUNTY Scout, front, right, is pictured here with his forever family, the Jeffreys. A Person County resident notified Animal Protection Society of Person County about the stray. He was picked up and fostered by APS, until Roxboro Community School’s Holiday Extravaganza last fall. Scout and other animals were on display at the event, and his family fell in love with him. After meeting adoption requirements, Scout joined the Jeffreys family. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY APS OF PERSON COUNTY After he had finished his bowl of food, we started throwing him treats, hoping we could get him to come closer to us. The stray was a male dog who looked fairly young, but his hair was matted and he was full of fleas and ticks.

After about 30 minutes, he finally came close enough to where you could smell the putrid odor he emitted.

Eventually, he started eating out of my hand but took great caution with every move we made. However, he still wouldn’t let either one of us touch him. It was getting late, so we were forced to leave him and go home. However, we were determined to come back and catch him.

The next day, my mom went back to visit the stray, hoping to catch him. He was a little less wary about my mom because she had given him food the day before.

The dog started taking food from her hands as well and even let her pet him. However, she couldn’t get the leash around him because he would run off. We decided to give him one more opportunity before using the trap to catch the dog.

Mom and I were watching a puppy, Clyde, for the weekend. Me, my mom, and Clyde went to try and catch the stray after school. When we got there, one of Mom’s friends was also there trying to catch the dog but the dog was even more fearful. After a while, we decided to get Clyde in an attempt to bring to stray in closer.

When that plan failed, I kneeled on the ground and the stray came running up to me and climbed into my lap. We got the leash and slowly slipped it over his head, and we were able to catch him and take him out of the desperate situation.

The next day, we gave him a bath and when ridded of fleas and ticks, we gave him the name “Fluffy Dog Scout.” He was one of the sweetest dogs and most loving dogs I had ever met. Scout loved jumping in laps and to give kisses. He went from a scared and anxious stray to a fun-loving dog who had affection for everyone.

About a week after we got Scout home, APS was participating in the Roxboro Community School (RCS) Extravaganza. The group brought Scout and a few more dogs for Extravaganza shoppers to meet. After lots of families played with the dogs, one family was interested in Scout. After meeting the APS adoption requirements, the new adopters came to our house and took Scout home with them.

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