BELLA was only about five-weeks-old when Matthew Mitchell found her abandoned on the side of the road.
The staffy-cross puppy was hungry, alone and suffering from various health conditions.
"I was driving home on Boxing Day from Stanthorpe visiting some friends, stopped in at a rest stop at the side of the road and I saw the little puppy in the bushes and that is how I met Bella," Mr Mitchell said.
"So I brought her back to the PETstock store (where he works) and de-wormed her and fleaed her and she had puppy mange as well so she was in a pretty bad way. I didn't think she was going to make it for a while."
The now 10-week-old puppy is doing well, joining Mr Mitchell's other rescue animals, beagles Sarge and Pippa.
Mr Mitchell is encouraging would-be pet owners to adopt their furry friends ahead of National Pet Adoption Day next Sunday.
PETstock stores in Toowoomba will hold adoption days in conjunction with the RSPCA from 10am to 2pm on February 4 so people can learn about adoption and have a cuddle with rescue pets.
"I like the idea of rescuing an animal only because there is so many animals out there that need homes already without having to go to a breeder," he said.
"It's nice to have a particular breed you want in mind and pay so much money for a pedigree, but a rescue dog or animal is just as food, if not more loving. They just seem to know."
Find PETstock at 2/222 Anzac Ave and 3/334 Ruthven St.
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