SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. --A family helps their rescue dog adapt to a new life in his forever home with lots of patience.
Jake is a Chihuahua Beagle mix, a friendly little lap dog who is now 7-years-old. But when Maryfrancis Dobron first adopted him, there were struggles.
She said, "He had a lot of anxiety, and he was nervous."
Jake's new family gave him the love and support he needed, and soon he found his personality.
"You have to show them that this is their forever home," said Maryfrancis.
He's found freedom in his new home, and the loud noises that once scared him. "He's around heavy equipment, ATV's and me, I'm very loud," added Maryfrancis.
The family adopted Jake from Wags Rescue and Referral, a foster based group that rescues many of their dogs from the South.
Susan Snyder, a volunteer of WAGS Rescue & Referral said, "They become like a throw away pet, really you know people sometimes just open their door and let them go."
But once they make it to a Wags foster family, they get the attention they need.
Susan said, "They come around with the love and the understanding that you have to give them."
If you're interested any of the animals you've seen today, you can visit the Wags Rescue and Referral Website.
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