Dear friends at BARC--My girlfriend Heather and I were fairly regular volunteers at BARC. I was touched by all the sad stories there; dogs that were abused, dogs that were forced to fight, and dogs that had people who couldn't afford to keep them. One particular story that hit us was that of a little 3 year old brown mutt named Salvatore. From what I understand, Sal was found as a puppy on the streets and was taken to animal control wherehe would have been euthanized in a matter of a few weeks. He was rescued by BARC, and then adopted by a girl who's boyfriend was abusive to him. After two years, the boyfriend took him to a kill shelter without any ID or papers. Thankfully, he was microchipped and BARC brought him back to the shelter just as we started volunteering.
Circumstances changed, and we had to move out of Williamsburg, but we knew we weren't going to go alone. We were going to take Sal with usSal has changed our lives in so many wonderful ways. We watched all those years of abuse slowly fade away. We watched him change from being a frightened and somewhat paranoid dog into one who's starting to love strangers and who gets excited when the doorbell rings and new people arrive. He loves being off leash in the woods or hanging with other dogs at the dog park.
When we took Sal home that August day, he went crazy when I opened his cage door. He knew immediately that he was going home. He nearly knocked me over he was so excited. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for saving Sal (twice!) and keeping our best friend safe until we came along. You guys rock.
From Mathew and Heather