When Houston, Texas, elementary school teacher Caleb Schaffer arrived to work one morning last month, he didn’t see kids waiting to get in; instead, he saw a dog.
“He was sitting right outside the main door, and his tail started thumping when he saw me,” Schaffer told US.
Feeling heartbroken, Schaffer went inside to teach. He thought the dog was reaching out for help, and told his students he needed their help keeping an eye out for him.
Schaffer didn’t have much time before school started. He quickly drove the dog back to his apartment and his wife watched him while Schaffer zipped back to work.
Schaffer then took the afternoon off so he could go home and help the dog. However, Schaffer couldn’t keep him — his complex allows each apartment two dogs, and he was already maxed out with his own pooches.
Schaffer called dozens of rescue groups asking if they could take the dog, whom he decided to call Clive, but none had room.
Since Clive needed immediate care, Schaffer brought him to the animal shelter in Harris County. “I figured some basic vet care at the shelter was better than nothing. He was really suffering,” Schaffer said.
Once there, Schaffer gave Clive a medicated bath.
Schaffer then went to work networking Clive. He sent pictures and video he took to the Urgent Shelter Pets of Houston Facebook page, which posted about the dog.
10/23 Team! You did it! You are amazing! Clive took his freedom ride this morning with Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption! Please honor your pledges to Luckylabs@luckylabrescue.com (mention Clive in the comments). Huge thank you to Caleb Mitchell for taking action to save him! This was truly a team effort!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️10/22 Clive has a rescue hold! 🆘🆘🆘10/22 CLIVE IS URGENT TODAY Monday 10/22! Please ADOPT or offer to FOSTER before 5:30 PM! NOW AT RISK 🆘🆘🆘Clive is an example of an all too common occurance in Houston. It is unfortunate that animals are allowed to get in this condition. People pass them by every day and ignore an animal that is visibly suffering. Fortunately for Clive one person chose not to ignore him. Caleb, a teacher at a local school where Clive was found sleeping made it his mission to take action! Unable to take Clive in himself due to already having three rescue dogs Caleb began reaching out to rescues, shelters and even a few networking pages…all with discouraging responses. We are so glad that Caleb was persistant and reached out to our page. Helping animals such as Clive is what this page is all about! Caleb took the video footage, gave Clive a medicated bath, started a gofundme, and began actively searching for a foster. We are happy to assist in his efforts. Please see the link to the fundraiser. Clive will need a foster, funds and a rescue group that is willing to help him. Who wants join Caleb in being part of Clive's solution?Clive is thought to be 4 years old and tested negative for heartworms. We have requested an evaulation by the shelter veterinarian as to the cause of his skin condition.Clive A519932 //petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=HRRS.A519932 (10/22)ADOPTIONS must be made in person. Adoption includes all vaccines, flea treatment, heartworm testing, microchip and spay/neuter. You do NOT need to live in Harris County to adopt.FOSTERING is a short-term commitment to an animal through the shelter or a rescue. Fostering can save a life. Please comment below if you are interested in fostering.PLEDGES help a rescue afford vetting and medical needs.Harris County Animal Shelter612 Canino Road, Houston, TX Open Monday- Friday 1-5:30 PM Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 3:30 PMPLEASE SHARE THIS POST to help others see the animals. Please LIKE THIS PAGE as it helps all the animals posted who desperately need help. This page is run by volunteers who are committed to saving animals and is not affiliated with any shelter.
Posted by Urgent Shelter Pets Houston on Sunday, October 21, 2018
Meanwhile, the clock was ticking on Clive’s life at the shelter. Schaffer worried if no one saved him soon, he would be euthanized.
Finally, Schaffer got some good news. Volunteers with Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption saw the video about Clive and wanted to save him. “I was overcome with joy,” Schaffer said.
A couple in Austin, Texas, offered to foster him, and the rescue arranged Clive’s freedom ride from the shelter.
“From the moment we picked him up, this boy was so full of life and had the most loving personality,” Stephanie Broughton, from Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption, told The Dodo. “We knew he was very special.”
And when Clive first met his foster parents, it was obvious he could not wait to be part of a family.
What is it like to foster? Look at those tail wags and kisses “Clive” gave his foster mom the moment she got him from the shelter. We are pretty certain he knows she helped save him. Please foster! It saves lives. Lucky Lab needs fosters in Texas and Indiana. Apply at www.luckylabrescue.com(The rescue pays for all the vet bills! That’s why we are always begging for money 🤑)
Posted by Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption on Monday, November 12, 2018
After some love and vet care, Clive is now healing up and looking great.
Clive will always remain in Schaffer’s heart. He tells Clive’s story to his students to teach them why it’s important to care for dogs properly.
“There are so many strays everywhere here. It’s given me an opportunity to talk about spaying, neutering, heartworm prevention, and the reality of shelters,” Schaffer said. “I think the dog coming along, and how everything unfolded with his rescue, is the perfect way to bring up those issues and teach them a better way to treat animals.”