Dan O’Grady, an Ohio-based trucker, saved two lives this past January.
As O’Grady was driving through Jacksonville, Florida, he moved a little Jack Russell Terrier on the side of the road. After seeing the abandoned dog he lived the freeway in hopes of seeing him again before anything bad happened.
Luckily, the Jack Russell was still there! When O’Grady move toward the dog yapped at him and kept running off every time O’Grady approached him. After the dog led O’Grady into the woods, he kept barking frantically and then O’Grady saw a white domestic rabbit huddled under a bush. It was clear that the dog wanted O’Grady to rescue his rabbit pal as well because he willingly followed him right back to his truck.
O’Grady cleverly named the dog Highway and the rabbit Interstate. After nourishing the hungry animals (some sandwich meat for the dog and a salad from a rest stop for the rabbit), he made his way to the closely animal shelter in Jacksonville, Florida. The shelter could not take in rabbits but he did take in Highway.
Fortunately, O’Grady sense he remembered seeing rabbits at the Humane Society in Twinsburg, Ohio so after endorsement that the shelter could take in Interstate, he bought a crate and supplies for a make-shift bunny nest for him and began the long drive north.
According to the Humane Society of Summit County’s Facebook page, they took custody of Interstate in mid-January and found him to be only about three pounds – bony and malnourished for the rabbit.
Although the two friends were split, there’s more good news: both of them are now adopted! The highway was adopted from the shelter in Georgia. Interstate received a healthy weight of almost 5lbs, was neutered and became available for adoption shortly after.
The two animals looked out for each other in their time of need. Although we don’t know what led them to become the vagrant and neglected, it’s good to know that they formed a close friendship and protected each other. While it would’ve been nice that they lived out the rest of their life happily with each other, animal lovers can take comfort in the fact that they both found their forever, loving homes.