Community Saves Abandoned Dog Waiting for Owners Inside a Box

It took four days to rescue an abandoned dog off the streets of Miami, but today Joey is safe and ready for a better life.

Photo credit: Julian Rovito
Photo credit: Julian Rovito

For residents near 10th Avenue and North River Drive in Miami, finding an abandoned dog on their streets is very common. Their neighborhood is just blocks away from Overtown, an area known for drugs, crime and dog fights. When an abandoned and abused animal is found, instead of turning them into animal control locals take it upon themselves to save them. They know the fate of the “unwanted” is better off with them than at the local pound.

Just last weekend, Joey was abandoned on the streets with nothing more than a blanket and a plastic bowl with water. The loyal pet stayed on the very same spot he last saw his owner as if to say he is staying there waiting for whoever left him to return.

Community members knew no one was coming back to get him and that’s when they came together to save this pet. Rescuers told The Dodo that a neighbor dropped off a box Joey could use as shelter. As the weather turned rainy and cold another person draped a tarp over the box for additional protection. Others dropped off blankets and food and worked towards gaining his trust, but as expected he trusted no one and every time someone tried to approach him he would run away.

Joey safely inside a crate after getting rescue. Photo credit: Julian Rovito
Joey safely inside a crate after getting rescue. Photo credit: Julian Rovito

What was needed was a trained professional to rescue him but no trained professional contacted by the caring residents had answered the calls or agreed to help.

“None of us are professionals,” Julian Rovito says. “We need people to help us with potential fosters. We’re willing to help with vet bills and stuff like that. We’re all dog lovers.”

Just yesterday after four days on the streets Joey was rescued. He was safely captured and with the use of a crate he was transported to a veterinarian. Best of all, Animal Recover Mission stepped up to sponsor the dog’s medical costs.

Joey at the vet clinic. Photo credit: Julian Rovito
Joey at the vet clinic. Photo credit: Julian Rovito

“Joey is at the vet,” said Rovito. “He pretty much passed out when he got to the run. The doctors didn’t want to probe him too much so they gave him antibiotics, flea/tick meds. He is getting a ton of attention and even gave a female handler a tail wag today!”

The once abused and unwanted dog will no longer go hungry or cold. From now on all he will now is love and this is all thanks to the animal loving community who helped rescue him.

To learn more about Joey and how you can help visit the GoFundMe page created the caring neighbors.

53 thoughts on “Community Saves Abandoned Dog Waiting for Owners Inside a Box

  1. I’m so happy to hear this news. I hope we’ll get to see a follow up story and picture of him when he’s recovered and happy.

  2. You poor Sweet baby! HOW can someone do this to a beautiful innocent animal. Just leave him like an old shoe. GOD watch over this baby always.

  3. share this poor baby please someone save this poor lost baby please he needs in a forever good home someone that will love him not to do this this is heartbreaking please help please please

  4. thanks to all who helped that dog. Can’t you you see how LOYAL he was??? You the cruel idiots, go to hell!!! God has a place in heaven for the abandoned animals, NOT you!! May that dog have a loving and a happy home very soon. Again. THANKS to the rescuers. GREAT story. thanks…………

  5. thanks to all who helped that dog. Can’t you you see how LOYAL he was??? You the cruel idiots, go to hell!!! God has a place in heaven for the abandoned animals, NOT you!! May that dog have a loving and a happy home very soon. Again. THANKS to the rescuers. GREAT story. thanks…………

  6. Love to hear the happy stories of dogs getting off the streets & being treated properly! Thank you to all involved in starting Joeys new life!!!

  7. God bless you all who went and helped out this poor thing . This is happening all the time , bless you all for taking the time and compassion for Joey.

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