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Stray puppy refuses to leave stranger’s doorstep until she’s rescued

Stray puppy on doorstep dog-sad
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Sometimes we know when it’s time to get help. So when this stray puppy became tired of wandering the streets, she decided to find a kind-hearted stranger to help her.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 18/08/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

The young stray puppy had been wandering the streets of La Porte, Texas for a while. At just 6 months old, the poor pup was exhausted and desperately needed help. So she found a doorstep and curled up with her head resting on the welcome mat.


When the family discovered the Australian Shepherd pup curled up on their doorstep, they gave her food and water before then calling This Is Houston, an animal rescue group. But as time passed, the pup didn’t move from the doorstep.

Fortunately, This Is Houston posted about the puppy on their Facebook group, alerting animal rescuer Kourtney Crenshaw to the puppy’s plight. When Kourtney arrived, it was as if the dog, who had been named Lila, knew that her worries were finally over. She gave Kourtney a good sniff and lick of her face, showing she trusted her and was grateful for her help.

After a visit to the vet, Kourtney took Lila back to her home where she began to treat the pup’s ear infections and Demodex mange which has caused Lila’s hair loss and severe skin irritation.

Happy ending

Despite her traumatic start, Lila is now getting regular meals, a safe and comfortable place to sleep and plenty of back scratches and tummy rubs. Kourtney is working hard to help Lila back on her paws so she can be ready to find a forever home with a loving family.

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