Frightened Dog With Fur So Matted He Couldn’t Walk Finally Finds A Forever Home

The life of a homeless animal is incredibly difficult. From scavenging for scraps of food in trash cans to searching for a warm place to sleep, their day-to-day routine is far from a walk in the park.

Adding to that, the daily upkeep of good hygiene, especially for long-haired animals, is impossible without the help of a human. Freight, an abandoned collie living on the streets of Chicago, Illinois, recently found this out the hard way.

In fact, when rescuers first found him roaming a dingy railroad yard, his fur was so matted that he could barely walk. When you see it for yourself, you’ll be shocked…

Life on the streets for homeless animals is understandably hard. In addition to tirelessly scavenging for their next meal out of trash cans, they also have to worry about finding shelter to keep them safe at night. In the midst of all of that, hygiene tends to suffer.

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This was certainly the case for Freight, a stray collie living in a railroad yard in Chicago, Illinois. He’d been homeless for quite some time when rescuers from the nearby Trio Animal Foundation found him.

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Just looking at the poor guy, it was clear he needed the rescuers’ help. In fact, his fur was so matted that he could barely even walk. His trust of humans was also very low and getting him to come with them proved rather difficult…

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Still, the rescuers managed to convince Freight to leave the railroad yard with them. Back at their facility, they got to work removing his severely matted fur. In fact, it was so bad that they were unable to tell his gender at first.

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“It took shaving the pup’s bottom down to be able to figure out if we were dealing with a male or female dog,” the Trio Animal Foundation wrote in a Facebook post. “The burrs, dried feces, urine, twigs, dirt, etc., that were matted into the tangled fur made it impossible to see any anatomy.”

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It’s unclear exactly how long Freight—who they estimated was around three years old—had been living with his matted fur. The staff at the facility in Chicago, however, believed it could’ve been more than a month.

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Once they were able to shave Freight’s fur and give him a medicated bath, the veterinarians began testing him for diseases. Soon, they discovered that he was also living with internal parasites, including heart worm.

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“Yesterday morning, Freight received his first injection of Immiticide to begin his heart worm treatment,” the facility wrote in another Facebook post. “We are happy to announce that Freight’s spirits are up tonight and that he is feeling better. His behavior today was very encouraging to his medical team and to everybody rooting for him.”

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Just a few short days later, Freight was placed up for adoption. That’s when a nice couple showed up and offered to foster him while he continued his recovery. “Unless anything else comes up, Freight will come back in three weeks to receive his second round of heart worm treatment. Until then, he just needs to rest,” the Trio Animal Foundation wrote.

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Soon enough, Freight was like a new dog. Where he was once shy, he was now playful and barking with delight. Thankfully, his foster family even decided to adopt him! “They are so in love with Freight and just couldn’t bear parting with him,” Trio Animal Foundation wrote in a Facebook post. “By the look of Freight’s adoption photo, he couldn’t be prouder or happier.”

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Boy, did Freight sure make a complete 180 degrees! Thankfully, now he’s living the life he’s always deserved with a loving forever family.

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