Cherry and Georgia, former Vick dogs sent to Best Friends Animal Society, are on the final leg of their long journey back from hell. The dogs have resided at Best Friends since January 2008 undergoing rehabilitation, they are almost ready to leave for new families.
Spokesperson John Polis and John Garcia who is heading up the dogs care at Best Friends in Kanab, Utah were interviewed on USA TODAY.
“We feel that in the very near future, Cherry may be ready for foster care,” says John Polis, spokesman for Best Friends.
“When we first got him, he would just splay down on his belly. He had just totally shut down. John had to carry him everywhere in the beginning. He’s doing very well now.”
And Georgia is a star on television and in the publicity arena.
She was on Larry King Live Monday night with Garcia and makes the rounds with him to spread the word about the dogs’ recovery from a life of abuse.
“She had experienced fighting her whole life,” Garcia says. “Now she’s going around meeting people all over with us in places like the Beverly Hills Hilton. We hope that sends a very powerful message. She’s gone from rags to riches. These dogs were the victims. All it has taken is patience.”
Before any Vicktory dog is adopted out they must pass a very difficult canine “good citizen” test and any potential family is thoroughly scrutinized to make sure it will be an appropriate fit. Best Friends have worked very hard to rehabilitate these dogs and want to do everything they can to ensure a successful adoption.