In September of 2015, William was a starving, abandoned dog who had no hope for a future. He had been left on the side of the road in Coventry, England, and looked like a skeleton, reports the Daily Mail.
He was nearly dead when the volunteerstook him to their clinic and put him on an IV drip, where he took days to start eating even the smallest amounts of food. Slowly, the puppy started to put on weight in spite of being at death's doorstep.
He was determined to live and refused to give up hope, even though he was so severely malnourished that he would be permanently stunted. William would never grow to the full size of a normal Greyhound mix.
Rachel Butler, who works for the RSPCA and was a part of William's rescue group, fell in love with the pup the minute she saw him. She said:
I went to meet him at the Coventry branch. I was so excited to meet him. He bounded up to me and gave me a little lick on the nose!
She and her husband-to-be, Chris, knew they had to adopt him and waited patiently until the dog had picked up enough weight. Then William went to his new forever home and met his brother, Harry the Westie. Rachel continued:
It's purely a coincidence that they share names with Prince William and Prince Harry - but they definitely get treated like royalty at home.
When the loving couple got married in October, they did not think twice about having their four-legged friends as a part of the ceremony. William, healthy and strong, looked adorably handsome in a bowtie and knitted jumper that keeps him from getting cold, while Harry was a smart best man too.
In the meantime, William's original owners,Christopher Rushton and Kirsty Hales, were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and are banned from adopting animals in the future, as well as being given a suspended prison sentence and having to do 35 hours of unpaid community service. They had bought the puppy online and neglected to feed him for the first few months of his life.While William's story is a happy one, not all pets in shelters are this lucky. If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.
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