When you see that picture of the clean-cut Norman above, it's hard to believe this gentle pup was once left to wander the streets of Pelham, Alabama, for nearly three years. Unfortunately, that was the case for this dog, who was shaggy, dirty, and homeless before he was finally taken in to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS).
"During that time, Norman was being fed by loving and concerned citizens in the area," Katie Beck of the GBHS tells petMD. "He was always timid, never letting anyone within five feet of him.
Eventually, after weeks of efforts, field service supervisor Olivia Swafford was able to humanely capture Norman and get him into a safe environment. Beck explains that shortly after his rescue, "Norman received a makeover that removed almost four pounds of hair."
But Norman didn't just need to look better on the outside—vets had to ensure he was healthy inside, too. After Norman was vaccinated, de-wormed, tested for heartworm (which turned out negative), microchipped, and given flea and heartworm preventatives, he was transferred to Two by Two Animal Rescue in Helena, Ala.
Now that Norman has a clean bill of health, he's simply waiting to find his forever home. Sonya King, the executive director of Two by Two shares that, "Norman is now snuggled into a loving foster home. We had two families who had hoped Norman was their long lost or stolen dog, but it turns out it was neither family's beloved dog. But, Norman already has a long list of applications waiting on the chance to meet him."
His initial fear or timidness has not stuck with Norman, whom King describes as a love bug.
"He has adjusted wonderfully to love and nurturing and is very thankful to be clean and groomed," she adds. "He has a sweet light in his eyes that reflects his gratitude."
King urges animal lovers who see a dog in distress to contact their local animal control in order to help.
"Take pictures, get an address, and communicate it to others via phone, emails, and social media," she says. "Someone will step up if the situation is made known."
Images via Greater Birmingham Humane Society