His eyes were so infected he couldn’t open them, and his fur was crusty from mange. But Elaine Seamans heard his cry for help and felt his paw reach out and touch her as she passed by his cage at the Baldwin Park animal shelter. Then she did something wonderful.
Seamans instinctively knew what he needed most was to be comforted, so she picked him and and held him against her heart. Then she made a phone call to Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind, according to the Pet Rescue Report.
“This is heartbreaking,” said Wisneski. “I just received an SOS from Elaine Seamans asking if we could help this sweet old soul. He is being passed by more than likely because he is testing positive for eggs and mites. I heard his little cries for help over the phone and my decision was made!” Photographer John Hwang took these heartbreaking photos and shared the story of Valentino’s rescue on his Facebook page.
In less than an hour, Valentino was on his way to Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks. He’s making progress, eating and getting better every day and recovering from sarcoptic mange. “His swollen little eyes are about to open.”
Now he’s looking for a Valentine, someone will provide care for him and who lives in the Los Angeles area. Please email [email protected] if you can help. Leave No Paws Behind provides hospice care, comfort, love and a safe haven for the terminally ill and the hard core cases.
To learn more about Valentino, read the full Pet Rescue Report and the Facebook page for No Paws Left Behind.