In January, Matthew Glatz was exploring the Midwest by car – all the way from his home state of Maine – when he found a stray pup on a hiking trail in Fort Collins’ Poudre Canyon, KMGH first reported.
After taking the “malnourished and scared” canine to Colorado State University’s vet lab and then Larimer Humane Society, Glatz learned through a microchip check that the dog was named Amelia. Examinations revealed that the dog also had a slew of medical issues, including a non-healing face wound and heartworm disease, as per KMGH.
Determined to give the dog pawesome life, the man was disheartened to learn that Amelia’s family had moved and would not be able to retrieve her, inspiring Glatz to step up to help find the sweet pup a forever home.
“I knew they’d call me when she was ready, and when she was ready, I’d make the drive,” he said.
By this point, Glatz had continued on his cross-country journey, and reached California. Turning back around, he drove 1,100 miles to the Centennial State to get the dog from the Humane Society in Loveland.
After receiving a “clean bill of health” from officials in recent days, Glatz told Fox News that he and Amelia are on their way back to the East Coast. Better yet, plans are in the works for Amelia to be adopted by members of his family.
“I was taught at a young age to do what you can with what you’ve got, and be proud of the efforts in which you’re capable,” Glatz said of the rescue. “It is with these skills I am making these decisions for her future care."