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Saving Sanford

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Meet Sanford, Jeff Wall’s most recent rescue mission with Pilots N Paws. Their mission is saving the lives of innocent animals.


Sanford was part of a cruelty case at ACS (Animal Care Services). His owner passed away and he was left outside. Little if any food or water. Alone. Hungry. Attempts to contact and have any family members step up for his care were unsuccessful. The average temperature in San Antonio for August, 2013, was 88.5 (that’s almost 90 degrees). A neighbor reported the poor dog’s conditions.


His behavior was indicative of a dog who had spent much time tethered. He stared, showed little interest or eye contact, and wouldn’t wag his tail- there in body but not in spirit. Sanford sat in his snipsa foster’s backyard very quiet- as if he wanted to be invisible. He had excellent care after being rescued and began wagging his tail and responding with trust.


When I met Sanford, he was in the back seat of Jeff’s truck content on his pillow, with his blanket and a toy. His eyes said so much about him. He didn’t want to be far from Jeff because Jeff and wife, Cynthia, had gained his trust in the short time they had him.


Jeff and pilot Robert McCarter flew Sanford to St. Louis to meet another pilot volunteer with PNP who delivered him to his new owner in Illinois.