Josephine, or “Pheenie” as she’s fondly called, was abandoned when her owner was deported. She sought shelter behind a shipping container in a nearby junkyard, though it barely provided any protection from the elements. Despite this, Pheenie managed to survive for 9 long years by scavenging for food scraps given to her by the compassionate townspeople. Sadly, her luck eventually ran out.
Due to prolonged stress and lack of attention, Pheenie’s health declined significantly in her later years as a dog. She had been hit by a truck, leading to the loss of her right eye and contracting a spinal cord infection. Additionally, she had dental problems that were worsening, a urinary tract infection, and many painful tumors in her breasts.
This awful movie depicts the story of the Hope For Paws team and their efforts to rescue Pheenie from a life of loneliness. Although the rescue operation was challenging, Pheenie ultimately realized that there were people who cared for her, even in her old age. She expressed her gratitude by warmly embracing her rescuers, looking relieved and distressed at the same time.
Pheenie found herself in a long-term foster program to fulfill her increasing medical needs. During her stay, she was treated to five wonderful months of happy, indulgent, and pressure-free days in the vast farm belonging to her foster home. Pheenie lived out her remaining days with abundant love, despite her past experiences of scarcity and isolation. May she rest in peace.
Check out the heart-wrenching video of Pheenie’s incredible rescue from a junkyard and her comfortable final days in foster care below. See how she went from a terrible situation to a loving home.