A courageous canine’s inspirational fight to stay alive earned him a new name – and now he’s looking for a new home to go with it.
The 12-month-old German Shepherd was dubbed Fergus by rescue workers, as it translates to ‘man of strength’, a world away from the poor, malnourished pooch presented to Derbyshire Dog Re-homing just a week ago.
He was found in a malnourished state, shivering and covered in open sores roaming the streets of Chesterfield one month after Christmas.
If dog wardens had not found him, he’d have been dead within a week.
Jenny Mark, from Derbyshire Dog Re-homing, said: “It’s not unusual for us to see an increase in the number of stray dogs a month or so after Christmas, but in the past they have mostly been younger dogs.
“But lately, we’re finding most of the dogs that come to us have been really neglected.
“Fergus was brought to us starving to death, suffering from a severe case of mange and too weak to stand.”
Staff at the centre have been pouring tender love and care on Fergus and it is hoped that with a clean bill of health he will be able to find a new home.
The plea comes following the ‘overwhelming’ response from an appeal to re-home Gizmo, a stray who handed himself in to the Chesterfield sanctuary. He has since been found a new home with a family on a farm.
n Call 01246 456 781 for details on dog re-homing.