A report concerning a dog in need of assistance was made to Lexington-Fayette Animal Control officials in Kentucky last month.
They discovered that the puppy had sought safety inside a toppled garbage can. Evidently, the trash can had become his home since he apparently thought no one cared enough to take him in.
“When our officer arrived, this sweet but timid dog would come up to greet her but then dart right back to the trash can,” animal control wrote. “Most stray dogs run back to their home when they are scared, but this cutie was perfectly content to stay inside the trash can which made him feel safe and warm.”
The dog, it seems, had developed positive associations with trash — though rescuers knew that he, himself, was in fact a treasure.
In time, rescuers were able to coax the dog, whom they named Oscar, out and onto a better life.
Once in the company of caretakers, Oscar continued to show an uncanny interest in trash.
“Even after he was safe with us and being office fostered, Oscar still guarded and climbed into trash cans around the office!” rescuers wrote. “His name came solely from his love of trash because this guy is definitely not a grouch.”
Seeing how much he loved trash, Oscar’s rescuers even decided to surprise him with a meet and greet with local sanitation workers.
“Oscar had such a great time!” animal control officers wrote.
Of course, Oscar’s greatest need is to be adopted and placed in a loving home. He is also receiving assistance with that aspect.
Since being sent to the Lexington Humane Society, volunteers there can only make conjectures regarding his past.
What we can assure him of, according to the Humane Society, is that he won’t ever need to resort to live in a garbage can once more. “That portion of his narrative is behind him, whether he was looking for refuge from bad weather or violence, or whether someone truly did throw him out like trash.”