The puppy Trooper: A Heartwarming Tale of Rescue and Resilience

Trooper, a small puppy, was rescued from the devastating Northern Complex wildfires in northern California in September 2020. He was found covered in soot and hiding in the rubble of a destroyed property. Deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office spotted Trooper underneath a trailer and called for help from the Butte County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team.

Rescue team volunteer Christina Skaggs and her crew responded immediately. They found Trooper wedged up underneath the trailer and were able to safely rescue him with a slip-lead. Trooper was licking on them and very thirsty, but he was also badly injured. Skaggs and her team turned him over to animal control for the medical care he needed.

Trooper had suffered extensive burns to his body, but he was fortunate to be taken to a local clinic that specializes in animal burns. He received the care he needed, and he slowly but surely began to recover.

Skaggs realized that Trooper belonged with her, even though he was supposed to be placed with animal services after his medical care was complete. She and her husband fostered Trooper through Butte Animal Control, but it didn’t take long for them to decide that they wanted to adopt him.

“My husband said, ‘Oh. He is just a foster, right?’ And I said ‘No, my heart’s already his, I can’t give him up,'” Skaggs said in an interview with local news station KRCR.

Six months after he was rescued, Trooper is thriving. His burn treatment is complete, and he is a happy and playful puppy. He has found his forever home with Skaggs and her family, and he is living the best life possible.

Trooper’s story is a heartwarming reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the power of kindness. It is also a reminder of the importance of supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Here are some ways to help animal shelters after wildfires:

  • Donate money or supplies to local animal shelters and rescue organizations.
  • Foster or adopt animals from shelters.
  • Volunteer your time to help at a shelter.
  • Spread the word about the importance of helping animals after wildfires.

Every little bit helps!

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