In ‘Paddington’ style, Richardson rescue finds abandoned puppy with ‘Please Help Me’ note attached

May 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Rainbow wears the shirt that read “Please Help Me”

Rainbow wears the shirt that read “Please Help Me”

It was like a scene out of the movie Paddington.

But instead of a talking bear at London’s Paddington Station, it happened in the middle of a busy Richardson street Wednesday morning. A volunteer with Richardson-based Take Me Home Pet Rescue discovered a malnourished 3-month-old terrier mix puppy.

The dog wore a shirt with a note pinned to it. The note read “Please Help Me”, similar to Paddington’s “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”

Rainbow 4

The note also identified the female puppy as Rainbow.

Rainbow 2

Elise Bissell, Take Me Home Pet Rescue’s director, said many shelters and rescue groups are full at the moment. So the nonprofit posted information on its Facebook page looking for someone to foster the dog.

Bissell approached another volunteer, Lisa Faulkner-Dunne, who runs a public-relations business.

“It’s interesting how this occurred, and because it’s so unusual, we asked ‘Hey, what do you think?’ ”

Faulkner-Dunne, who said she helps the nonprofit with marketing in addition to “cleaning up puppy poop” sent out a news release describing the Paddington-esque way the puppy was found.

“Someone could have just turned her loose,” Faulkner-Dunne said. “But they loved her in some way or they wouldn’t have tried to do it this way.

“It’s kind of an odd thing.”

The volunteer who found Rainbow is caring for Rainbow now. Fosters keep dogs at their home until they are adopted with rescue groups providing food and vet visits in addition to spaying or neutering the animals to prepare them for adoption.

“Hopefully, someone will submit a foster application that will have to be approved,” Bissell said. “We need someone who is home some because the dog is an energeic puppy.”

To foster Rainbow, contact Take Me Home Pet Rescue at (972) 238-7988, email or visit to download a foster application.

Pets Insiders blog written by Tommy Cummings on The Dallas Morning News website. Published on May 27, 2015



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