13. Onyx

 Hey, I’m Onyx! I was one of the 9 puppies rescued in the Avenue X saga, the X-Litter. Our rescue story is below, and you can also read the newspaper articles and see the news coverage of our rescue! I am a black lab (possibly a mix, but the team doubts), frankly I don’t care if I’m a mix, and my mom and dad didn’t either! I was featured in the DogAigust 1st Adoption Event and the Newspaper Article featured my photo with the co-founder, Stella. I love her! I know I was her favorite!! It’s because I was also the sickest, she handfed me for the first week as I battled terrible symptoms and refused to eat or drink on my own. She made sure I was okay. My Adoptive Family wants me to be a Therapy Dog! I live with 2 other small breed dogs and 2 cats, one of which was also adopted from Rescue City!

On June 16 Rescue City was alerted by Facebook Activists of “really skinny puppies that were laying on the grass of a front yard; they were not active like puppies should be and we can see all their bones; the man outside said he’s selling them for $1000 each”. Our Team rushed to the address where dozens of people got together to protest. After convincing the owner to let us see the puppies, we knew, these guys had days to live: they were neglected, malnourished, emaciated, lethargic and had clear signs of ringworms. There was no way to take the puppies away for free and we were not going to let them die. He took a much lower offer on the puppies and we were able to rush them to our vet. They spent the next 4 weeks in ICU care as several of the pups tested positive for Parvo. The local news stations covered the whole rescue from the start “They say cats have nine lives, but nine puppies in Gravesend could have lost the only lives they have if not for some generous animal rescuers from the neighborhood”. Police later arrested the man who sold sick puppies on 10 various animal related counts.

I’m happy I’ve found my forever family!