A HOLIDAY MIRACLE ABOUT NEVER GIVING UP!
Lincoln’s Story reminding us all miracles do happen!
A year & a half ago, Lincoln a 5yr old American Bulldog mix was on the EUTH list at the NYCACC for the third time. It was sure to be his last chance, when the founder of Ups N Downs rescue, Eliot Jordan intervened. She saw something in this scared emaciated dog’s sad pleading eyes. She knew she had to rescue him. But, all of Lincoln’s troubles did not end there. It quickly became apparent that he suffered from anxiety and could not be with other dogs. Lincoln didn’t have the social skills or the training to cope with situations that scared him. Eliot had found an adoptive home for him but, Lincoln was returned within a week citing these issues as the reason. From there Lincoln went to boarding and spent 8 straight months in a boarding kennel. Every weekend Eliot would go pick him up and spend the weekend with him.
Through Eliot’s hard work and perseverance, Lincoln became comfortable with her dogs but, was still very much anxious around other dogs. She worked hard to get him to trust again and he did. Lincoln trusted her but, it was hard for Lincoln to trust completely when he had to go back to the boarding kennel at the end of the weekend. Many of the gains Lincoln would make on the weekends with Eliot would disappear during the week sitting in a kennel. It was clear, that Lincoln’s anxiety only got worse the longer he spent in boarding. If he was truly going to conquer his anxieties and fears, he would need to be in a home. But, no one wanted to give him a chance by fostering or adopting him.
Lincoln’s future looked so bleak. Eliot knew that he needed a rehabilitation program to save his life and give him the life he deserved but, she had two major obstacles in the way. First, she didn’t have the funds to pay for the kind of training program Lincoln needed and second, he needed a foster or adopter to go home to after he completed the training. Even still, Eliot set out trying to raise the $5500 needed for training, while Lincoln continued to languish in boarding with his future in limbo. Then in June of this year, just as Eliot had nearly raised the deposit for Lincoln’s training, she found a potential adopter who would do a trial adoption after Lincoln completed training. It seemed serendipitous & Eliot was once again hopeful for the dog she had devoted the last year of her life to saving. She had never given up on him and did everything she could to finally raise enough money for Lincoln to begin the Dream Come True K9, Board n Train program. Things were finally looking up for Lincoln, he was excelling in the program and conquering his fears.
Then half way through the 5week training program, the potential adopter backed out. This meant that after Lincoln completed the program he would have no where to go but, back to boarding. If he went back to boarding all of the gains he made at Dream Come True K9 would be lost. And once again, Eliot was beside herself. She couldn’t let Lincoln go back to boarding. But, again Eliot persevered and found another potential adopter, but…they had another dog. Lincoln had previously not been comfortable with other dogs but, she hoped that with the training under his belt Lincoln could overcome his fears. Well here’s the miracle, Lincoln a dog everybody had said to give up on, has been adopted and thriving.
Lincoln now lives in Maryland with his family and new fur-BFF for life Wyatt. The two dogs are heavily bonded and do everything together; they play together and even sleep together. A dog whose future once looked so bleak now has a loving forever home. Eliot also believes that all that she went through with Lincoln was what helped her overcome chronic Lymes disease. And Lincoln has given her a better understanding of behavior issues and anxiety in rescue dogs which makes her a better rescuer. Miracles do happen when you never give up. This Christmas Lincoln will spending it at home with his family instead of in a boarding kennel alone! And nothing could make us happier!
Eliot still hasn’t raised $800 of Lincoln’s training bill. If you would like to help out by making a donation, please do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/Save-Lincoln?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=cta_button&utm_campaign=upd_n
You could also help by choosing to foster or adopt one of our other animals in need. Many are currently sitting in boarding and would love to have a home for the holidays. You can see all our animals in need here: http://fosteradopt.urgentpodr.org/category/animals-in-need/
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