When Raphael was found, he only weighed 45 pounds... it was a miracle he was even alive. The mixed breed (that vaguely resembles a Rhodesian Ridgeback) was literally skin and bones. A dog of his size should weigh at least TWICE what he did. The emaciated puppy was thankfully found by a person out walking his own dog, who called the humane society. Poor Raphael was immediately picked up and taken to the Sante Fe animal shelter. When you see these photos, you won't believe the dog was able to survive.
It's hard to believe that such a happy puppy started off in such bad shape. He had to gain over 100% of his own body weight to get where he is today. He was able to thanks to the kind men and women who took him in at the shelter, plus his loving foster family. To donate to the Sante Fe shelter and help animals like Raphael, visit their site! Share Raphael's story with others.