Some people’s treatment of their pets is simply incomprehensible. Every day animals are abused, neglected, and left to die. That said, for every pet abuser out there, there are twice as many compassionate people willing to help an animal in need.

Rudozem Street Dog Rescue is a nonprofit in Bulgaria dedicated to saving street dogs. One day, workers got a call, and though the shelter was full, they simply couldn’t ignore it…

Workers at the Rudozem Street Dog Rescue received a tip about a puppy that had been chained to a trailer without any food or water for ten days.

Strangers had attempted to bring the puppy food, but his owners would run off anyone who came near, saying the dog was suffering from a contagious disease.

When rescuers got there, they found a severely dehydrated and starved pup with deformed front legs and a bad cough. 

When they broke him free, he was eager to follow.

Rudozem took him in, and though they had no room in the main part of the shelter, they managed to get him his own crate. 

Workers decided to call the little guy “Duke.”

The veterinarian on staff determined that Duke was only about 10 months old. 

The vet also did an examination to figure out just what was wrong with Duke’s legs.

It turned out that Duke didn’t have an abnormal genetic condition…

Rather, as a very young pup he had suffered blunt force trauma to his legs.

It would take a number of painful operations to heal the poor guy, but because he was young the medical staff was confident they’d be successful.

The vets got to work right away, and they began by breaking and resetting his bones.

Duke had full casts on both of his front legs.

Duke’s vets hoped a few weeks in the casts would get his bones and muscles positioned to grow normally.

During the process, workers said that Duke was always “good as gold,” and just “waiting patiently for it all to be over.” 

Believe it or not, it didn’t take Duke any time at all to learn to walk with his giant casts!

After two weeks, he went in for a follow-up examination of his legs. The rescue workers hoped for the best…

The veterinary staff could tell right away that Duke’s overall health had greatly improved in that short amount of time.

Then, they removed his casts in order to examine his legs.

The casts had worked! His legs were healing just as they’d hoped.

Duke would likely still need surgery to correct all the damage that had been done, but this was a good start.

The friendly pup was so calm and patient throughout the entire process that the vets quickly came to love him!

They put his legs back in casts to give them more time to heal. 

They decided to wait a while longer before performing any surgery, since Duke was still growing. 

Duke was loving his new life, even if he wasn’t 100% well yet!

He continued to periodically visit the vet and receive x-rays.

Normally, Duke stayed patient, but one time he chewed right through his bandages. Could you be mad at that face though? 

Soon enough, it was time for his surgery…

Thankfully, Duke came out just fine!

Some days he wasn’t thrilled about the frequent vet visits…

Luckily, though, he had plenty of TLC throughout the whole ordeal.

His legs continued to improve…

…but Duke still didn’t have a permanent home.

Then one day something completely unexpected happened.

The rescue got an application for Duke’s adoption!

Workers carefully reviewed Duke’s potential new owner and determined that she’d provide him with a wonderful home.

Duke traveled all the way to the United Kingdom to live with his new family…

…and when he met them they instantly clicked!

Now, Duke has the loving, stable home he’s always deserved.

What a happy ending for a very sweet pup!

Thank goodness the good folks at Ruzodem Street Dog Rescue stepped in and were able to give Duke a new lease on life. He deserved it!