This young collie shepherd mix who doesn't even have a name survived a horrendous ordeal, and when firefighters found him, he was literally starting to freeze.
"He was soaking wet and his hair was all frozen," said firefighter Tyler Russell.
Despite his dramatic rescue, his owner decided not to take him back. Now the lone animal survivor of a house fire, still clearly traumatized, is now in a foster home in Martins Ferry. His foster mother tells 7News he's the focus of a huge outpouring of generosity.
Dr. Robert Carr of the Martins Ferry Animal Hospital is giving him free veterinary care. Kroger has donated toys, treats and food and a local grooming parlor is giving him a free day-long spa visit.
But what he still needs is a forever home. They say not any home will do. This is a special dog, and he will need a special home.
"That, you know, wouldn't be too crowded, wouldn't be you know filled with kids or what not because we don't' know what kind of traumas this dog's been through and what not, so he might not be good with kids. We'd like to find a good home where he gets the most attention possible, and maintain his diet to where he can get to a healthy weight," Russell said.
His foster home is taking applications, and they'll decide in a few weeks who will become his new owner.
To apply, call (740) 312-5337 and leave a message. They'll get back to you about the application process.