ROAR exists to strengthen the human/animal bond. When that bond of trust is broken, ROAR provides animals in need with love, care and compassion.

When recently a family of Good Samaritans reached out to our shelter for help in finding a young homeless pup a loving forever family, ROAR met those needs.

Meet Rabbit, a nearly year-old male Lab mix, found choking himself on his collar in his kennel, and brought in the middle of the night to a Charlotte Veterinary emergency room. Rabbit was spitting up blood and struggling to breathe. His owner was unable to afford the needed medical treatment and chose to euthanize Rabbit. The compassionate vet on call convinced the owner to surrender Rabbit to her. Rabbit was treated, including time spent in an oxygen cage. He recovered fully and was neutered, given all age-appropriate vaccines and put into foster care. With a new baby on the way, the foster family returned Rabbit to the hospital. The vet contacted her Connecticut family to ask if ROAR might take this very happy and spunky boy. The animal-loving family flew down to North Carolina, rented a car and drove Rabbit up to the ROAR Shelter.

Rabbit has boundless energy, is outgoing and loves other dogs and his dog treats. He knows sit, touch and down. He loves to rest his head on your lap and get pets or climb into your lap to snuggle. Rabbit’s adoption fee is $350.

We all love tales with happy endings. Come in and meet Rabbit — his happy ending might just be your happy beginning?

The ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter is located at 45 South Street, with adoption hours Thursday through Monday. Visit our website, roar-ridgefield.org, to learn about open hours, adoptable dogs and cats and volunteer opportunities.