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‘President Obama’ Gets a Second Chance

Written by PETA | February 5, 2013

When a PETA staffer found this dog named President Obama two years ago, he was stuck on a tangled lead in a trash-strewn yard without proper food, water, shelter, or attention of any kind.

He was fed table scraps by his owner, who would not consider allowing him indoors. Our staff member visited Obama frequently over the next two years, each time offering to find him a new home but always getting turned down. So PETA did what we could to keep the little guy healthy and comfortable, including providing him with a new doghouse and neutering him

Recently, when a snowstorm was approaching, PETA’s staffer took Obama some straw for warmth and found him wet and shivering in the freezing-cold backyard. But this time, the little tyke’s owner finally agreed to let PETA take him, which just goes to show why it’s so important never to give up when a chained dog needs help.) Here is Obama in his wonderful new home with his adopted “sister”:

As you can see, Obama has made himself right at home with his new family—and, just like someone else we know, is taking full advantage of his second chance! 

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  • Cheryl says:

    Thank you so much for rescuing him. I have been struggling for the last several days thinking about all the dogs left outside in the freezing cold. I just can’t understand how people will cover their plants to prevent them from dying, but won’t bring in a pet.

  • TRACEY CIANCHETTA says:

    SOOO HAPPY TO SEE SUCH A HAPPY ENDING.AN ANIMAL SHOULD NEVER BE TREATED THAT WAY.SOO SAD

  • Lynn says:

    I have a problem with these pictures – “Obama” looks very clean for a white dog outside, he looks healthy and feed well. He also looks to be a terrier mix and larger than the 2 in the next piacure. The 2 dogs in the next picture look older, smaller and skinny, plus they look like poodles. So I am not sure I believe this is the same dog

  • margie spruell says:

    i am so glad this Idiot finally gave in and let you rescue this dog no one should be treated like this. God bless the family that gave this dog a second chance

  • Veronique says:

    Nice that everyone commenting is so positive. How about the putative ‘owner’ of this poor blighter? What has happened to him? Anything? This little tyke is only one of thousands of abused animals. Easier to focus on one, I guess. Makes us feel squishy. Doesn’t do anything in the wider scheme of things though. Makes me sick.

  • Devin Blanks says:

    I love that PETA stayed determined to help this little guy. I love all animals, especially the ones in bad situations that need the most help. That’s why I donate to you folks every month as a member. Thank you.

  • Lynn says:

    Nice…I’m glad you were persistent and saved him. I wish nothing but “karma” on his previous owners. Perhaps one day they will find themselves without adequate shelter.

  • etienne says:

    Bless the good family that has welcomed the puppy into their home and give it a good life :)

  • lynn says:

    Ok I have to ask – is that really the same dog?? the dog Obama, he looks much bigger and in really good shape. The dogs in the picture look worse and much smaller. The breeds dont even lokk the same. Really are they the same???

  • LouBichon says:

    Thank goodness you found him a new home. You guys are amazing, I couldn’t mentally deal with the cruelty you deal with on a daily basis, it would kill me. Well done :)

  • marisa says:

    they all need a second chance :) Muy mal por los que lo dejaron ahi… Congratulations! :)

  • Lila says:

    Thanks PETA.

  • Desiree says:

    awww great. well done. yes never give up!!!!

  • Tam says:

    Why even own a dog if this is what you’re planning to do with it? People are so ignorant

  • Kim Kimmerly says:

    Great job PETA. I’m a strong believer in people, who abuse and neglect dogs, should be prosecuted and fined. Don’t own a dog if you cant take care of it.

  • Margaret Lovick says:

    THis is a great story and I am so glad he has a home and love – Thank you PETA for going through what it took to get this dog help. WHat was your most difficult step? I am finding that when rescuing dogs like this that are left in the cold, that the owner believes that the dog is used to the cold ( how stupid)there is a problem with local authorities asking for pictures from the person reporting the problem and in order to do that, in the rural areas, it may require some trespassing – Other times, dogs are left liek this one and local authorities will not take the time to work with PETA or HSUS – ANy TIps? THanks

  • SMS says:

    So Happy that this DOG HAS A HAPPY ENDING.. I WAS CRYING WHEN READING BUT WHEN I SAW HIM WARM INSIDE WITH A FRIEND MADE ME SMILE… BLESS THE PEOPLE THAT NEVER GAVE UP ON HIM..

  • Stefan Carroll says:

    Awesome! We have our two Border Terriers, and our new ‘baby’ Lola, about two years old. She has been a Street girl, and was at the centre for over 4 months. No need to buy a puppy, the dog you have always wanted is waiting to be rescued!

  • lindamateus says:

    Lets chain the owner to a dog house…in the freezing weather. Love to see that. God Bless this lil baby

  • Greg says:

    Aw, this is beautiful

  • Stephanie says:

    You could always try and see if a neglectful owner would relinquish the dog for some money. Could work.

  • Icequeen81 says:

    bless that lil dude, the family who took him and those who rescued him