Most people look forward to winter when the weather becomes really nice and cool and snow means lots of fun-filled winter activities, such as skiing and snowboarding. However, it’s also a season when many stray dogs and other homeless animals die because of long exposure to the cold and hypothermia. Winters can be harsh for stray animals, especially for dogs that don’t have homes.
A puppy named River was found in Daytona Beach by two animal control officers during freezing weather. It was around mid-January when River was found under a bridge trying to find shelter and keep himself warm. When the animal control officers found River, he was shaking so badly because of the freezing temperatures and also because he was terrified by what’s happening to him.
If animal control officers James Lee and John Pearson didn’t find River, it was likely that he wouldn’t have survived. The kindhearted animal control officers brought River into their patrol car where they took turns warming up the adorable but visibly freezing puppy. The officers turned the car heater on full and they also rubbed River’s body with a towel to dry him.
It took some time but River finally warmed up. River was also taken to the Halifax Humane Society where he started recovering. Daytona Beach Police Department also got involved and posted River’s story on their social media page. The post became viral almost overnight with many people wishing River well and hoped that could recover and find a forever home.
It really didn’t take long for River to find a loving family. A police officer named Kera Cantrell visited River often when he was still recovering and spent time with River to assure him that someone cares. Officer Cantrell fell in love with River and when River made a full recovery, Officer Cantrell decided to take River back to her home.
Officer Cantrell eventually decided to adopt River and River also became so happy in his new loving forever home. Thanks to the kindhearted animal control officers, River was saved from what would have been a fatal situation. Officer Cantrell still takes River to the police department where he’s spoiled with plenty of treats and belly rubs from the other police officers. Here’s a heartwarming video showing how River was rescued and how he found his forever home.
Video Source The Dodo via YouTube