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Senior Shelter Dog Was So Sad He Wouldn’t Even Wag His Tail

“He just wanted to get out of there.”

No one was interested in adopting the 10-year-old boxer, and his time was up. This past Monday, he was going to be euthanized.

The staff at Mesquite Animal Shelter still tried everything they could to help find a home for the boxer, who’d been picked up as a stray, so they contacted Leslie Ysuhuaylas, a rescuer and shelter volunteer, and asked if she could help.

Old boxer lying in corner of kennel
Leslie Ysuhuaylas

On Saturday, with less than 48 hours left to save his life, Ysuhuaylas went to the shelter, armed with her camera. She hoped that a few good pictures would help the boxer find a family.

“I was walking past the kennel, and the dog was just laying there, not getting up, so I decided to back up so he wouldn’t see me, and I started snapping pictures of him,” Ysuhuaylas told The Dodo.

Ysuhuaylas eventually went into the boxer’s kennel, but he seemed stressed and not interested in Ysuhuaylas at all.

“Most dogs wag their tails or move around, but this dog was not,” Ysuhuaylas said. “He just wanted to get out of there.”

Boxer looking out from his kennel
Leslie Ysuhuaylas

Ysuhuaylas published the photos on Facebook, and the post quickly went viral. Lots of people reached out to Ysuhuaylas, expressing their interest in rescuing the dog — but no one came through.

Finally, someone did. Legacy Boxer Rescue, a group that specializes in rescuing boxers, arranged for James and Robin Zalinski to pick up the dog and take him into foster care. The boxer also got a name — Wendell.

Boxer looking out from kennel
Leslie Ysuhuaylas

Wendell has completely relaxed since leaving the shelter on Monday, James Zalinski told The Dodo.

“He’s doing wonderfully so far,” Zalinski said. “He’s very docile, but he’s also got a little bit of energy. He’s just a sweet soul.”

Boxer lying on backseat of car
Legacy Boxer Rescue

Wendell already knows some basic commands and he behaves well inside of a house, Zalinski explained, which would make him the perfect companion.

Boxer lying on dog bed
Legacy Boxer Rescue

“We’ve only had him for 24 hours at this point, but this fellow is so loving,” Zalinski said. “He is not a jumper. This little guy can go with kids, as well as adults, so from our perspective, it gives us a wide option. We’re looking for a family that understands that a mature boxer is into love, but they’re not going to be runners.”

Boxer lying out in the grass
Legacy Boxer Rescue

While Zalinski is hoping Wendell finds a home soon, he’s enjoying every minute with him. “He’s an elegant gentleman, and he’s so loving,” he said.

If you’re interested in adopting Wendell and giving him the best forever home, contact Legacy Boxer Rescue.

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