Last month, officers from Lexington-Fayette Animal Control in Kentucky received a call about a dog in need of help.
They found the puppy sheltering inside a tipped-over trash can. Sure enough, no one cared enough, loved enough to take him away, the waste receptacle had become his home.
“When our officer arrived, this sweet but timid dog would come up to greet her but then dart right back to the trash can,” animal control wrote. “Most stray dogs run back to their home when they are sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ, but this cutie was perfectly content to stay inside the trash can which made him feel safe and warm.”
The dog, it seems, had developed positive associations with trash — though rescuers knew that he, himself, was in fact a treasure. Rescuers tried to comfort the dog with food and brought it outside, helping the dog have a better life. They named the dog Oscar.
However, once brought into the shelter, Oscar continued to show an uncanny interest in trash.
“Even after he was safe with us and being office fostered, Oscar still guarded and climbed into trash cans around the office!” rescuers wrote. “His name came solely from his love of trash because this guy is definitely not a grouch.”
Seeing how much he loved trash, Oscar’s rescuers even decided to surprise him with a meet and greet with local sanitation workers.
“Oscar had such a great time!” animal control officers wrote.
However, what Oscar needs most right now is to be adopted into a family with people who love him. And he was transferred to the care of the Lexington Humane Society.
“What we can promise him is he will never have to resort to living in a trash can again,” the Humane Society wrote. “Whether he was seeking shelter from severe weather or ᴀʙᴜsᴇ, or if someone really did discard him like he was trash, that part of his story is behind him.”
Oscar’s future is brighter than ever. All he needs now is a family to love and take care of him forever.