Dog Rescue Mladenovac, a no-kill shelter located an hour away from the city of Belgrade in Serbia, received a call one day regarding a stray dog who needed their help. The pooch was at a park near the rescue organization’s rehabilitation center.
Temperatures reached 37°C (98.6°F) that day, and the dog’s long, matted fur did not help him cool down at all. Nobody had taken care of him for so long that his coat had formed dreadlocks, inspiring the rescuers to call him Rasta.
Rasta seemed to be a bit familiar with the people hanging out in the area, but he was frightened of the two rescuers. The pooch refused to approach them, and he barked in warning when the men came near.
However, Rasta was curious when the rescuers brought in a crate, and this made capturing him easier. The men led the canine inside with a trail of treats, then locked him in and drove him to the shelter.
Probably confused by the sudden change in his environment, the pooch remained fearful and nervous. Milan Stojanovic, the organization’s co-founder, tried to befriend Rasta, but the dog just barked and snapped at him.
The medical team had to sedate Rasta so they could examine him for health problems. First, they cut off all the canine’s tangled and flea-ridden fur to give him a fresh start. Afterward, they went ahead and neutered the pooch.
The vets then placed Rasta on medication to rid him of parasites both internal and external. They also treated the dog for anaplasmosis, an illness transmitted by ticks.
Rasta spent the next few weeks recovering. During that time, he also started opening up to the rescuers after realizing that they only want to help him.
Soon, he wasn’t only allowing Milan to pet him; he even keeps rolling over for belly rubs. Rasta has come a long way from the scared dog with dirty fur he once was. Today, he’s healthy, happy, and more than ready for a loving family to adopt him.
Source: Dog Rescue Shelter Mladenovac, Serbia on YouTube