For Nate Ohlman, the morning of February 25 began like any other day. As usual, he was traveling his route and delivering the mail when he unexpectedly spotted an old dog curled up in a ditch at the end of a dead-end road.
Ohlman could see the poor puppy was having a difficult time staying warm since it was a really cold day in the thick of a brutal Missouri winter. He was heartbroken to see him shivering in the cold by himself, and he felt he had to attempt to find a way to help him.
Sloan ended up being taken in by KC Pet Project, and arrived at their shelter the day after he was rescued from the side of the road. He was in horrendous condition, and everyone at the rescue was heartbroken by the sight of him.
“He was severely underweight, he had sores all over his body and he could barely stand or walk on his own for a long period of time,” Tori Fugate, chief communications officer at KC Pet Project, told The Dodo. “He had the lowest body score condition that our veterinarians could give.”
Sloan’s rescuers immediately started him on medications and fluids, and kept an extremely close eye on him for several days. They were worried the poor pup was too far gone, but after receiving the best care he could possibly be given, Sloan started to improve, and was eventually strong enough to move into a foster home, where he continued on his long road to recovery.
Sloan was thought to be approximately 12 years old, but despite his advanced age, he started to recover and changed into the loveliest, silliest dog who yearned to spend his days with humans and satisfy his long-standing need for affection.
Sloan’s pals at KC Pet Project knew precisely who to contact when it came time for him to leave for his foster home since he was soon thriving there.
Ohlman was over the moon when he found out he was officially able to adopt Sloan, and the pair’s reunion was the absolute sweetest thing. Sloan immediately recognized the man who saved his life, and thanked him with so many kisses and cuddles.
Sloan has been settling in wonderfully to his new home, and is loving every minute of his new life.
“Sloan is an elderly dog who I believe used to belong to a family,” Ohlman said. “His demeanor and actions are proof. Somebody did something very inhumane. I only did the humane thing.”