Augie the rescue pup at PETA's Norfolk officeWhen two PETA staffers were recently delivering straw bedding to cold “outdoor dogs” in rural Virginia, they spotted a thin young beagle walking dangerously close to the highway. He was wearing a collar with a phone number, so the staffers called the owner after first taking the pup back to PETA’s Norfolk headquarters for a much-needed warm bath and good meal.

The man said that he no longer wanted the dog—whom he had never even bothered to name—because, as the saying goes, “That dog don’t hunt.” (It’s not uncommon for hunters simply to abandon unwanted dogs.)

But get this—the owner was willing to drive an hour and a half to our headquarters to retrieve the dog’s collar.

Augie the rescue pup at PETA's Norfolk office

PETA staffers knew that the sweet dog with the soulful eyes would make someone an ideal animal companion, so not long after he was vaccinated, neutered, treated for Lyme disease and internal parasites, and put up for adoption, Augie found his perfect forever home with a PETA staffer and his family. ♥

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