“Mentally, he was so friendly and trusting from the very beginning,” Michele Walsh, animal care director for AMA Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. “But physically, it was a very long road to recovery.”
Because Rascal was so skinny, rescuers had to feed and give him water in tiny servings multiple times per day to avoid overloading his digestive system. With food and water servings slowly increasing, Rascal got a little stronger each day and started gaining some weight.
Because he spent long periods of time locked inside of a crate at his former home, Rascal also had pressure sores all over his body — but with time and some medicine, the wounds cleared up and he started feeling much better.