Dog Dumped, Devastated and Rescued

A rescue story of hope. Zeus's story shows how when a few people each do something a life can be saved. An abandoned dog finds friends who will drop everything for him.

It was a quiet Sunday night on Brainard Ave in Middletown when a woman heard a car pulled up outside. Doors opened and shut and a minute later the car started up again. Curious, she went to the front door and watched as the car’s tail lights faded into the night. There, in the middle of the road, stood a very confused dog. He had just been dumped, probably by the only family he had ever known.

Worried the dog would get hit by a car, the woman went to get the dog out of the road. He had no collar or anything to identify him. He kept looking in the direction the car went as if waiting for them to return. Not know what else to do, this woman called a friend who is a volunteer for Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue. Without question, Deneen, the volunteer, made a call for rescue back up and jumped in her car.

Deneen met Kevin and Kelly, two other Castle of Dreams volunteers at the woman’s house and there they found a beautiful, pure bred Shepherd. Confused and pacing, wondering what happened to his home or why he was pushed out in the middle of the road, the dog was still very friendly and greeted the rescue team with a wagging tail.

These Castle of Dreams volunteers reached out to another volunteer to see if there was an available foster home who could take in this abandoned pup.  Emails started flying and, working together, the Castle of Dreams family opened their doors and the dog, now called Zeus, was secured in a foster home that night. Pam, the Castle of Dreams intake coordinator, took Zeus in and made sure he was fed and safe. Monday another foster, Theresa and her family, agreed to take him until a good forever home could be found.

The night didn’t end there. Once Zeus was safe, the Castle of Dreams team scoured the lost dog ads and began posting and sharing Zeus’ story online. They hoped for any information on who dumped this beautiful animal on a dark and lonely street, leaving this him to fend for himself just as the weather is turning colder.

Although a bit underweight, Zeus appears to be a very healthy, male shepherd and will go up for adoption as soon as he’s been properly vetted and neutered. Whoever dumped this dog was sentencing him to an uncertain life of starvation, illness, living in a cage in a lonely shelter or worse. Their decision could have been a death sentence for Zeus. This dog was lucky that someone reached out to Castle of Dreams and that the volunteers, Deneen, Kelly, Kevin and Pam, mobilized so quickly.

It was the actions of a few caring people that saved this dog. Some did more than others but it was when everyone did something that it all worked out. The neighbor who took the first step to make sure Zeus didn’t get hit by a car, the volunteers who left their homes at a moment’s notice to rush to the rescue, and the fosters who opened their homes to a dog abandoned on a busy street all came together to save a life. I applaud their actions and hope there are more people like them in the world. You don’t have to do it all, just do something.

If you’d like to donate for Zeus’s care, vetting, or neutering you can find the Castle of Dreams here: www.castle-of-dreams.com. Castle of Dreams always needs new volunteers. If you'd like to get involved check out the website for more information.

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Carrie Barreiro October 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM
How sad! If I didn't already have two dogs I'd love to have him, he is absolutely beautiful!!
NJarhead October 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I hate people sometimes. But the flip side is, thank God for the folks who take charge and volunteer their time to help remedy what the worthless do. Zeus, I wouldn't mind having ya either there handsome buddy.
Mills Lane October 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Why dont you rather just thank the people that helped the dog instead of your god. If there was a god why would there be 10,000,000 unwnated dogs and cats or kenyan presidents?
NJarhead October 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
And there you have it; the liberal view. If a Conservative doesn't like something, they won't be involved with it. If a Liberal doesn't like something, they don't want ANYONE to be involved with it. I will thank who I wish and you can go ahead and leave my faith out of your comments. K? Actually, you need to drop the man-crush you apparently have on me.
George Clark October 26, 2012 at 02:28 PM
!0 million unwanted dogs and cats? Kenyan president? Ship the unwanted over to the starving in asia. They wouldn't be that unwanted and they'd thank their God for your help saving people too. lol. I know. the kenyan president would be the first to dig in on the dogs, right? lol Just a little levity folks. But just as Indian from India make the cow sacred and think us evil for eating them buy the mega ton, and usually on one burger alone, we get to judge others truly starving eating dog? To each their own as long as their not eating their own, I suppose. No, i wouldn't eat dog or cat. Less I had to and so you all of you. You just ainl forced to admit it. Yet?!
Mills Lane October 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I have advocated feeding the poor urban masses with all of the stray animals for years but liberal queens that pray to santa claus or god or whatever they call it are against it.
George Clark October 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
NJarhead, you have a point but please don't lump people into such large vaguely defined groups. I'm sure I am or would be considered a liberal. But I believe it's because of my beliefs in God and how that affects my poliitical opinions not the other way around I'm not sure what messiah the right wing is following, but in my opinion his initials aren't JC. I don't think we should be labeling ourselves or anybody else. Let's put less labels on each other and more yeas and nays individually and our wide ranging concerns and ideas. sound like a better plan?
NJarhead October 26, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I hear ya GC, but labels, I've learned, are sometimes a necessary evil. They simplify things, and yes while sometimes painting with too broad a brush is a bad thing, I also don't care if my labels used are 99.999% accurate and one person is insulted. You know who you are or aren't, so....
NJarhead October 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I wonder what God does think of "unwanted dogs and cats." I mean, he really didn't create domestic animals, right?. He also didn't create Presidents. But, whatever. I'd get deeper into it, but I fear I may have to break out the easel and colored crayons for some in here. Right Mills?
Mills Lane October 26, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Now you are sounding like gc jarhead - better get another red bull and take another tweet.
NJarhead October 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
How about instead, I pray to God that you find a job soon.
Mills Lane October 26, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Ahhh and maybe he will bring you a new ipod for xmas as well.
NJarhead October 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
That would be awesome!
s October 26, 2012 at 07:15 PM
OMG how beautiful! Obviously the dog will be better off with a real family. As for the people who dumped him, hopefully they are caught and prosecuted. Total scum.
Pamela Caruso Frasco October 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Ummmm...... Isnt this supposed to be about a Dog Names Zeus that found rescue and is now searching for his forever home?
Doreen October 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Thank you Pamela, I was thinking the exact same thing. How did it go from rescuing this beautiful dog to arguing about God. I already have a dog in fact he is a German Shepard. They are great dogs, I hope Zeus finds a loving family.
Jeannie Gallagher Donnelly October 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Thank you Pam!
Irina October 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM
He's beautiful. How very sad. Thank you to all who helped this poor lost boy.
Stacey Donnelly November 01, 2012 at 02:33 AM
People should have to get a license to own a pet!!! Some just do not deserve the love of a animal.
Jeannie Gallagher Donnelly November 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Thanks to everyone who stepped up to help Zeus! Zeus has been adopted to a great family. Yay!
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