Wilson started his rescue journey when a local shelter contacted us to help him. He had come into the shelter in very bad shape with deep wounds to one of his legs and an infection raging throughout his body. At our vet's office, he underwent intensive treatment for the infection and several surgeries to close up the wounds. He stayed at the vet's for ongoing treatment for three months because he was so sick; we nearly lost him several times. The wonderful veterinary staff made sure he was in a kennel where he could watch all the activity and our dedicated volunteers went and sat with him every day to let him know he was loved. Gradually, his condition improved and he was deemed stable enough to go to a foster home. Once in his foster home, he proved himself to be a dog with terrific house manners and a love for taking walks. His energy gradually returned, his appetite increased and, after some intensive grooming sessions, he was listed as available for adoption. The volunteers who knew of his condition while at the vet's did not recognize him when they saw him two months later: a handsome, healthy, energetic boy! We still can't believe he's 12, even though that's the age the shelter gave him. This resilient boy has one more challenge facing him, however. A recheck by the veterinarian revealed a suspicious mass in his mouth so surgery was scheduled. The biopsy came back as a malignant melanoma that was completely excised but, because of the cancer and his reported age, Wilson is now looking for a home as a permanent foster. This mellow, people-loving guy would be a wonderful addition to a home with people committed to the idea of rescue.