Debbie Wilke, founder of It’s a Pittie- Pit Bull Rescue in Illinois shared, “I’ve got so many stories of rescue that I love!” One of Debbie’s favorite rescue, rehabilitation and adoption stories is the story of Sachi. Sachi was rescued from death row (Animal Control) in Gary, Indiana. Sachi had spent her entire life tied up on a lonely tether in a backyard- never receiving human love or attention. One day she broke free from the old tether, tired of living a lonely, neglected life. She ended up at Animal Control and her “owner” was contacted, only to tell the Animal Control employees that he did not want Sachi. To save her from certain death, It’s a Pittie successfully pulled her from the shelter. Debbie commented, “Sachi was eight years old and had spent her entire life tied out in the back yard. She was quite a mess when we got her. She was Heartworm Positive, had not yet been spayed and she had never been inside of a home or a crate.” Wilke explained that Sachi had to live at the veterinary office for quite some time. “She would drool, scratch and bark in her cage all of the time. It was hard on everyone. In the beginning we couldn’t really exercise her because of her heartworm treatment. So we would play CD’s for her, run the fan, anything to help her cope in boarding. Once the heartworm treatment was finished, we implemented a walking program for her. Everyday, volunteers would come and walk her and spend time with her. Because of her age, her crating issues and the fact that she didn’t like other dogs- we were very worried that we would never find her a home. There were even volunteers who felt she should perhaps be euthanized. But, we never gave up, we kept walking her and I would do obedience with her, spending time just hanging out with her. I gave her affection and she started to get better and better! One day, one of our volunteers was going back and forth with someone who was interested in walking Sachi- as the potential adopter had just lost her own beloved dog. Long story short, they ended up fostering Sachi and adopting her and she is the love of their life. She is now housebroken and they never have to crate her. She was in boarding over six months. What I love about this story is, if you never give up, MIRACLES CAN HAPPEN. Sachi is now nine years old and lives in Lockport with Jill and Mark.” (please be sure to view photos of Sachi with this article).