Heartbroken Dog Cries with Joy When He Meets His Rescuer After Being Abandoned


by Emily Wolfe


In Tunica County, Mississippi, a resident’s heart sank when he saw Wilbur, his former neighbor’s dog, wandering the neighborhood.

Realizing Wilbur had been left behind by his owners, he felt compelled to help. The abandoned dog, unaware of his family’s betrayal, spent his days desperately searching for food and hoping for their return.

Heartbreak and Hope

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As days turned into weeks, Wilbur’s hope began to fade. His once bright brown eyes were now filled with sadness. Occasionally, the kind neighbor would feed him and eventually reached out to the Tunica Humane Society for help.

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A Rescue Mission

Sandy Williams, the shelter’s director, wasted no time. She hurried to the scene to rescue Wilbur. Approaching the house, she noticed a “Beware of the dog” sign, making her wary of what she might find.

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Hearing her approach, Wilbur emerged from under the porch. His appearance was shocking—every rib visible, his face sunken from starvation. His eyes, stained with tears, mirrored his inner turmoil.

“Every rib on his body was showing. His face was literally sunk in from going so long without food and water. What I remember most was his tear-stained face. You could see so much hurt and confusion in his sad eyes,” Williams shared with The Dodo.

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Building Trust

Initially, Wilbur was distrustful and kept his distance. Understanding his fear, Williams offered him food. Slowly, the starving dog approached and began to eat, starting to trust his rescuer.

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A Glimmer of Hope

With gentle care, Williams secured Wilbur with a leash and took him to the vet for a thorough checkup.

The vet discovered Wilbur had potential head trauma and heartworm. The sight of him saddened everyone at the clinic, and they showered him with much-needed affection.

“At the vet’s office, I saw a flicker of hope in Wilbur’s eyes,” Williams said. The love and care he received sparked a timid wag of his tail, a sign of newfound trust.

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A New Beginning

Wilbur’s story, shared on Facebook by the shelter, moved many across the country. Among the many offers of adoption, a local family stepped forward, eager to foster him.

Moving into his foster home in Tunica, Mississippi, Wilbur seamlessly fit in with their four other dogs. The family’s love and care transformed Wilbur from a heartbroken pup into a joyful, healthy dog.

His new family, captivated by his spirit, decided to make Wilbur a permanent part of their lives, promising to cherish him forever.

Now, Wilbur enjoys the love and security he had longed for, living happily with parents who adore him and make him feel truly safe.

Emily Wolfe

Emily is a lifelong animal lover and the founder of PETS CRAZIES. She started this blog after realizing the great need for quality pet information on the internet. Emily has two dogs, a cat, and two rabbits of her own.

She has a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University and is a professional writer specializing in the pet industry. Learn More About Our Team!