POSTED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 4:57pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — One year ago we introduced you Joseph, an emaciated dog rescued from the street by a concerned citizen and given to YELP! Baton Rouge for survival. We’re pleased to announce he has not only fully recovered, but he’s thriving with his new owner.
“He’s completely healthy and beautiful and spoiled rotten,” Beverly Theroit, said with a laugh. “He started out at 22 pounds, and now he weighs over 50 pounds, which shows how far he’s come and how bad off he was when we got him.”
Unfortunately, Joseph’s story is one told too often in Baton Rouge.
“It’s pretty common, but his case was severe,” Theroit said. “We’ve had some dogs that were just as bad rescued by other groups. It’s very common because of dog fighting in this area.”
YELP! has rescued over 2,100 dogs since its inception in 2009. For that reason, they’re holding a special celebration with Joseph as the “celebrity” guest.
“Joseph’s new owner always wanted to do an event to give back to all the followers on Facebook who supported him,” Theroit said. “We thought it would be best to do it on the 1 year anniversary.”
The “Joseph’s Journey” Facebook page has over 2,300 followers . The page was created after he was found to help raise funds for his medical expenses.
“The cost of his care was in the thousands,” Theroit recalled. “He had eaten some metal particles when he was searching for food. That caused some liver damage and it was his primary medical issue other than his weight. Thankfully they ended up being able to treat the damage with medication rather than surgery.”
The event to celebrate all the supporters will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Petz Plaza, which is located at 8380 Jefferson Highway.
“We’re going to have a festival like event,” she said. “We’ve invited all the past YELP! adoptees out with their families. We invite any new prospective adopters to attend, too.”
There will be food provided by Frankie’s Dog House, Cool Tiger Ice Snowballs, a bake sale, and a lemonade stand provided by the youngsters. Activities will include a silent auction, a photo booth for owners and their pets, and face painting. And of course, there will be plenty of furry friends starting their own journey, just like Joseph did one year ago.
“YELP! dogs will be available for adoption,” she said. “We charge a $100 fee and that covers spaying or neutering, vaccinations, flee prevention, and so on.”
For more information go to www.facebook.com/yelpbr .