The story of Bear

This is a story sent to me by Chatham Animal Rescue this week. If you don’t like to hear about animals suffering, you may not want to read this … but it does have a happy ending.

If you want to adopt Bear, contact Chatham Animal Rescue’s Karen Sirls at or by phone at 542-5757


PITTSBORO — Bear, a 2-year-old beagle rescued by one of Chatham Animal Rescue and Education’s foster caregivers this past weekend, is a survivor.

According to his veterinarian, Bear was either hit by a car or physically hit and abused before being brought to the shelter. His lower jaw was broken approximately 6 months ago and was not treated. His tongue hangs all the way out of his mouth, and his jaw is turned at almost a 90-degree angle. Additionally, all the teeth on his lower jaw were knocked out; the only remaining tooth in the lower jaw is rotten and infected.

Bear is one of many unfortunate faces illustrating the horrors of animal abuse and neglect.

Bear’s foster mom said, “Bear’s case is proving to be very emotional for me. I cried my heart out watching him try to eat for the first time. I would like to turn Bear’s suffering into a positive educational story, and, hopefully, bring this little guy the peace and love he so richly deserves.”

Bear really is a survivor. His foster caregiver spent many hours with him this past weekend trying to gain his trust. He made remarkable progress trusting her within 24 hours of arriving at his new home. He is happy-go-lucky, but as expected is quite fearful of meeting people. However, Bear immediately runs up and rubs noses with other dogs he meets. He even curls up to sleep with other four-legged family members.

He seems to want love and security. Bear has found that through the kindness of Chatham Animal Rescue and Education
Animal cruelty is not only wrong, it is against the law in North Carolina and every other state in the U.S. Animal abuse can also be an indicator of other violent acts within families. Animal abuse of any kind should be reported to Animal Control immediately.

Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. is a not-for-profit humane society. All C.A.R.E. animals are fostered in volunteer foster homes. C.A.R.E. pays for food and routine medical expenses such as spay or neuter, rabies vaccinations, deworming and vaccinations. Adoption fees cover the basic medical expenses of animals, but they do not cover additional treatments that animals, like Bear, require.

C.A.R.E. is dedicated to helping Bear recover, both physically and emotionally, and ultimately to find the wonderful forever home he deserves.


Donations can be mailed to: Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc.,
Attn: C.A.R.E. for Bear, P.O. Box 610, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Visit C.A.R.E.’s website to make a secure online donation


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