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This pup named Stanford was scheduled to be euthanized at a Texas animal shelter before a nonprofit stepped in to save his life.

Stanford was facing euthanization because of the length of his stay at the open-intake Texas shelter, according to a spokesperson for the Smith County Animal Shelter. However, before his euthanization, a local news outlet, WFAA, shared a video of the pup. The station called for someone to help the  2-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback because of the pup’s “hero dog” status, according to WFFA’s interview with the Texas shelter.

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“He is a hero dog. He has donated blood to the animal emergency clinic to save another life of a dog,” Amber Green, a supervisor with Smith County Animal Shelter, told the outlet.

Dogs at the shelter longest are reportedly euthanized to make room for new incoming animals.

“It’s nothing that none of us want to do, we would rather get them out to a home or a rescue,” Green added.

An animal rescue service in Northeast Texas, Let Love Live, saved Stanford along with three other dogs from Smith County Animal Shelter’s euthanasia list.

Now, Let Love Live says that Stanford is settling into his new home.

“Stanford is doing great. He’s enjoying being in a safe place where he can spend his days hanging out with all his new playmates here at Let Love Live Rescue,” the nonprofit shared in a statement obtained by People.

Those interested in helping Stanford and his friends find homes are encouraged to visit Let Love Live’s website to learn more about the pets that are available for adoption.

We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to only adopt instead of shopping. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!

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