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Rhino's New Life - Teamwork saved this precious boy!

Image -  - Thank goodness Rhino's life was saved. It would have been a real crime to euthanize a nice boy dog like Rhino.

Thank goodness Rhino's life was saved. It would have been a real crime to euthanize a nice boy dog like Rhino.

A relinquishment form was filled out by the family who gave Rhino up at the pound, as is always the case, and on the line that states: CAN BE ADOPTED: DAY, DATE, and TIME, the warden had written in "NO ADOPTION."

Someone who saw Rhino at the pound and discovered he was not going to be made available for adoption because of his breed (an American Bulldog) called S.P.A. asking if there wasn't SOMETHING we could do.

So the real heroes in this rescue are the people who reached out on behalf of Rhino. Otherwise, S.P.A. would have had no idea Rhino was at the pound, or that he was slated to die.

Our Warden believes it is his job to protect the public from dogs who could pose as a threat (and it is). He had determined that since Rhino was an American Bulldog (bully breed) that he should be euthanized as he might have been a threat if placed in the wrong hands. That is a common rule by wardens in Ohio.

S.P.A. disagrees with determining that all dogs belonging to one breed are "bad" dogs and a threat. Rhino has certainly proven that to be the case.

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The warden, who is to be given some credit here too, decided, in the end, to allow SPA to rescue Rhino.

A woman from Pennsylvania, Nancy Jean Rose, sponsored Rhino's adoption fee. S.P.A. had sent out an action alert about Rhino and Nancy Jean wanted to help with his rescue in some way.

At the vet's office (Paw Patch) Rhino ran loose with big dogs, little dogs, cats, puppies, children, birds, you name it. Dr. Hirt is a very cool vet who is not only an animal healer, but an animal rescuer.

She said Rhino was "awesome" from the day he arrived. He backed down from small dogs who bark at him. He was a big goofball and a little shy. Can you believe that?

S.P.A. advertised Rhino on PETFINDER.ORG and received more applications than you might imagine.

S.P.A. is very selective when it comes to matching an animal with their new family.

A family from Indiana filled out an application, and our adoption interviewer talked on the phone several times with both the mother and the father. It didn't take long to determine that they would be a perfect family to adopt Rhino.

Image -  - Left to Right:   ROBBY, Yours Truly with Rhino, Dr. Hirt, Harry, Matt and Jenni.
 
Rhino's life was saved by a chain of many compassionate people. Hopefully, some day the Ohio law must be revised that classifies dogs of the bully breed as viscious. This law simply doesn't make sense, does it?!

Left to Right: ROBBY, Yours Truly with Rhino, Dr. Hirt, Harry, Matt and Jenni. Rhino's life was saved by a chain of many compassionate people. Hopefully, some day the Ohio law must be revised that classifies dogs of the bully breed as viscious. This law simply doesn't make sense, does it?!

With a fenced in yard, a stay at home mom, and two gentle boys, ages 9 and 12, we began to wonder who was luckier, Rhino or his new family. We think it is a toss up! Rhino took immediately to the dad, and soon to the rest of the family.

Image -  - Rhino looked very sad as he was loaded into his new family's SUV. But at this point he had no idea what a wonderful life in was in store for! He has adjusted very well in his new home, and they wouldn't give him up for any amount of money. It was a match made in heaven!

Rhino looked very sad as he was loaded into his new family's SUV. But at this point he had no idea what a wonderful life in was in store for! He has adjusted very well in his new home, and they wouldn't give him up for any amount of money. It was a match made in heaven!

Following is his new family, who drove over 4 hours to pick him up from Paw Patch. (A special thanks to Leanne who did the pre home visit for us.)

Rhino looked very sad after saying goodbye to Dr. Hirt, but he has no idea about the wonderful life that awaits him with his new, loving family.

They have experience with the American bulldog breed and loved him from the moment they first saw his photo,

They were amazed upon meeting him just how friendly he actually was!

Image -  - Rhino is one of the most gentle, loving, intelligent dogs that you could imagine. Thank God S.P.A. was able to help with his rescue. A Special Thanks To Dr. Laurie and the staff at Paw Patch, too!

Rhino is one of the most gentle, loving, intelligent dogs that you could imagine. Thank God S.P.A. was able to help with his rescue. A Special Thanks To Dr. Laurie and the staff at Paw Patch, too!

They are a very gentle and loving family. Perfect for Rhino!

He is such a lucky boy!!!

They have promised to keep in touch, and we will be adding updates as they arrive.

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