It was a rainy Sunday morning at Canton, North Carolina when Valinda Cortez, an animal lover and a passionate animal advocate, decided to head to a convenience store while still wearing her pajamas and flip-flops. It was when she was pulling into the store’s parking lot that she saw the heart breaking scene of a miserable and shivering dog sitting alone at the middle of a cold and wet concrete.
In her Facebook post, Valinda wrote:
“This morning I came across this pitiful, wet, cold, hungry baby. After a while of feeding her beef jerky and dog food, we finally got a leash on her. I’m not sure where she came from, but I hope she never has to go back. She had an obvious eye infection. Her hair was matted. She had an open wound on her leg. I was out there in the rain for an hour and was freezing. She had been out there a lot longer than that so I can’t imagine how she was feeling.””
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Luckily, Valinda was planning to visit an animal shelter to drop some donated pet supplies she had in her car. She used one of the blankets there and wrapped the poor dog who was then too terrified to move. Valinda decided to sit by the dog for the next hour to guard her and gain her trust.
Valinda called her friend Sue Massi to pick up the dog they then called Cassie. Valinda’s friend, Sue, is a stray dog rescuer and she immediately drove to the store to pick Cassie to take her to the local animal shelter.
Not long after, Cassie was transformed. She was dry and fed at the shelter. After being taken care of, Cassie was matched with a new family who will look after her and will not let her be alone and cold again.
In an interview with The Dodo, Valinda stated that, “There are always options. What if I ignored this cold, wet, hungry dog and kept driving? She could have froze to [redacted], been hit by a car or numerous other things. It’s not that hard to find a shelter that will take your animal.”
Many thanks to Valinda Cortez for giving Cassie a second chance!
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