Puppy who survives being euthanized gets a happy ending


There’s a puppy at King’s Harvest Animal Shelter with an incredible story of survival. And after they shared his story on Facebook, the adoption applications started pouring in. 

Rudolph, a 7-month-old Pitbull mix, was euthanized…but lived.

After the previous shelter didn’t have enough room for him, a vet put him down. But it didn’t work. Rudolph woke up, and when the vet heard what happened, they refused to do it again. 

That’s when he was taken to King’s Harvest. 

“Not only was he going to be put down, but he was. He was euthanized, he was injected, and he woke up,” said Rochelle Dougall, Assistant Director at King’s Harvest Animal Shelter. 

On Friday, people were lined up at the shelter’s doors before they opened. Phones were ringing off the hook, and the adoption applications quickly started stacking up. 

“You know, he’s been through a lot and he really deserves this attention and this love and this awareness around his situation,” said Dougall. 

She added while this isn’t impossible, it’s very rare. 

“For me this is definitely a first, for King’s Harvest we’ve never heard of anything like that.” 

Jacob Hommer was one of the people lined up before they opened. Hommer drove all the way from Des Moines on a mission.

Hommer was hoping to give Rudolph to a fellow combat veteran in Colorado, someone he says knows what’s its like to get a second chance. 

“He was just really emotional about the story and just said like ‘I have to have this dog,'”  said Hommer.

He added “I gathered $400 in donations from people to make this happen just last night. Got a lot of people rooting for us.” 

But with so many applications, the shelter is hoping if you can’t adopt Rudolph, you’ll still have room for someone else. 

“We have one dog that creates this amazing story for us and then we clear our dog kennels with adoptions because this one dog’s story has touched so many people,” said Dougall. “It’s not just a gift for Rudolph, it’s been a gift for us here to have him.” 

As for Rudolph, it looks like he’s already living his best life. 

King’s Harvest tells Local 4 News Rudolph was adopted Friday afternoon. 

If you want to donate toward King’s Harvest Animal Shelter, they are holding their first annual “Applause For Paws” fundraiser on Sunday, January 20. Magician David Casas is set to perform at 2p.m. at The Establishment in Rock Island. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. It will also included a raffle, adoption information, and a silent auction.

100% percent of the proceeds made, will go directly to Kings Harvest Pet Rescue.

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