A New Hope: Dog found starving now ready for adoption

Hope is looking for a new home for the holidays, rescuers say

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Your eyes do not deceive you. The pictures above are of the same dog.

Hope was found in July in an abandoned Northside Jacksonville home.

She had been tied up with a lamp cord at the home on Pinholster Road.

Florida Urgent Rescue workers said they suspected she had not had food in several days. FUR volunteers said Hope was very scared when they tried to coax her out of the home.

They called police and Animal Care and Protective Services to report the animal cruelty case.

Five months later, Hope is a heart-warming success story.

Her foster mom has her happy, healthy and ready to be adopted, FUR founder and president Mike Merrill said.

He said his organization is grateful for everyone who donated to Hope's recovery fund, and now they want to find Hope a new home for the holidays.

They describe the gray American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix as “silly and goofy.”

They said she is obedient and go be overzealous when playing but loves to go for walks and is active, so she needs a home where she can get lots of exercise.

“Hope has made incredible progress, and to be honest she doesn't even look or act like the same dog,” FUR wrote on its website. “She is a gorgeous girl with quite the personality. Her foster mom loves her and brags on her. Whoever ends up adopting this baby into their life is going to be one super lucky family.”

Adoptions for FUR start with a one week sleepover, and adoptions fees are $150, which includes vetting, UTD vaccinations, microchipping and spaying or neutering.

Anyone interested in adopting Hope can go to www.FloridaUrgentRescue.com/adopt and fill out the adoption application.