You might have seen the photo of a shelter dog with a metal bucket on your newsfeed recently. The image (below) went viral over the weekend when Reddit users voted for the touching image, garnering thousands of views and getting enough attention to try to find the lonely dog a forever home. The pet named Slim hasn’t yet found his forever home but we’re sure he will soon move out of the shelter and into a home of his own.
Slim has been waiting for a loving human since December 2014. He was found abandoned in an empty home and was taken in by an animal shelter in Ashland, Ohio. Since then he has been dreaming of finding someone to call his own, but his dreams are yet to come true.
The five-year-old pitbull mix is very energetic and loves to play. Most plush toys don’t have a surviving chance against the dog’s play bites, that’s why Slim’s unconditional friend/toy has been the metal bucket he is pictured with.
“He is anxious in the shelter and has destroyed most of the toys he’s been given,” said Rescue Me Ohio on their Facebook page. “But his favorite toy is his Bucket!!! He loves his bucket and is lost without it!! He sits like a perfect gentleman for a treat and takes them so nicely. He will need a home that will continue to work on these manners he has learned.”
Even though hundreds of people have fallen in love with Slim by just looking at his picture and everyone wants to take him home, the Ohio shelter listed the pet as “Rescue Only.”
“Due to Slim’s past history of neglect, the shelter feels that it would be best to list him as RESCUE ONLY,” posted the organization on Facebook. “He will need time to properly decompress and learn how to be a normal dog again. While the public support has been amazing and overwhelming — Slim will not be sent to any private adopters. Please understand that this is for his own protection.”
If you have any connections with a reputable rescue organization, we encourage you to contact them and ask them to please rescue Slim. The formerly abandoned dog deserves a chance to know love.
Rescues should contact Michelle at [email protected].