Sampson, a three year old Rottweiler, was surrendered to Animal Control in Philadelphia after his owners were faced with a home eviction. When they failed to pick him up after a courtesy hold, he was placed with Kodi’s Club Rescue (KCR). It was obvious to volunteers at KCR Sampson had been neglected prior to the eviction. He arrived to their rescue underweight and with hair loss due to Flea Allergy Dermatitis. He also suffered from an upper respiratory infection which quickly turned into pneumonia. As his bills continued to add up, KCR reached out to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) for some much needed assistance.

KCR wrote ISF, “Throughout his ordeal, from the neglect he suffered prior to his surrender, up to and including his current hospitalization, Sampson maintains his sense of humor. His nub continues to wag during his treatments and kisses abound. He takes his pills no problem. He can't breathe well, he 'hacks' with any movement, but still wants to cuddle. Sampson deserves to know what it feels like to be well fed and healthy and to find his happily forever after home.” ISF agreed and gave KCR a Medical Emergency Grant.

Once Sampson was healthy enough to leave the hospital, he was placed in a foster home who had other foster dogs to help work on his socialization skills. There he was able to participate in “Yappy Hour” at a local restaurant and pack walks. Sampson did fabulously and also discovered his love for anything having to do with water, whether it be playing in it or just with it.

On the day before Thanksgiving 2014, Sampson found his forever home with a family who had another dog for him to play with. KCR wrote to ISF, “It was bittersweet, but we are so happy for him and his new family.”



Written by Whitney Norton