Thanks to the ongoing spiral of human nature and good vs. evil, a dog in North Carolina was heartbreakingly abandoned and then heartwarmingly rescued in a rainy parking lot.
Nothing is known about the vile people who dropped the dog off but we do know the name of the person who saved the day.
Valinda Cortez was taking a drive in her flip flops and pajamas, in no way prepared for a rescue mission of this caliber. Being the stand-up human that she is, Cortez rapidly pulled her car her and jumped out to the little tan and grey dog’s aid.
Cortez was on her way to the grocery store when it happened.
She could tell the poor pup had been shivering on the asphalt for awhile. Cortez also noticed that her coat was matted, she had a cut on her leg and something was wrong with her eyes.
Valinda had to think fast if she wanted to be of any help.
She grabbed a blanket from her car and threw it over the soaked pooch’s back to keep her safe from the cold.
Cortez then tapped into one very helpful resource in her network of friends, Sue Massi, an animal volunteer who she knew could be of help.
Sue responded and told Cortez she would be there soon.
Together, the two women contacted animal control in Buncombe County (west central NC, where Asheville is located). After he showed up, they were able to transport the dog to a shelter.
Cortez, Massi and the animal control worker took photos of the lost dog to raise awareness and as a useful ploy to draw sympathy for abandoned animals.
“Humans had let her down but hopefully the food, warm blanket, and love I gave her will restore her faith in humans,” Cortez told reporters.
Fast forward to a few days later and the dog (now named “Cassie”) is recovering quite well from past trauma, medically and emotionally.
“That picture of her is perfect,” Valinda added. “Such a difference. My heart is happy.”
Cortez and company are adamant about the importance of never leaving unwanted animals outside. They are instead encouraged to reach out to friends, shelters, the Humane Society, vet clinics and internet resources for help.
Dogs and cats are sometimes abandoned out of shame and impulsivity, but finding a better home for them is honestly not complicated and will leave you feeling like a much better person.
“There are always options,” Valinda compassionately stated. “What if I ignored this cold, wet, hungry dog and kept driving? She could have froze to death, been hit by a car, or numerous other things. It’s not that hard to find a shelter that will take your animal.”
As of today, Cassie has been adopted by a loving family and is doing 100% a-okay.
In fact, “okay” would be an understatement.
Remember, if you’re thinking of adopting a dog, look in local shelters. Hear these animal’s stories and be a part of the solution, not the problem!
Just because Cassie was adopted doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of other pets waiting to be loved and saved from sad, preventable circumstances.
Check out sites like Pet Finder, Adopt A Pet and The Shelter Pet Project—the largest pet adoption search engine in the U.S.—to fall in love with your next furry companion. And don’t forget to NEVER hesitate to help an animal friend in need. Even wild animals like birds, deer and raccoons can be taken to rehabilitation centers.
One of the first ways you can help is by sharing this story! Do your part.