Ferguson, MO 2015 Bear was abandoned by his family when they moved. A gift (or curse) that I seem to have is noticing things that others don't when it comes to animals. I had been observing this home for many months prior, due to the caged area and BEWARE OF DOG sign hanging on the gate. Each time I drove by I hoped that there was not a dog in this confined hot (or freezing depending on the time of year) small area. After coming home from the airport after a nice vacation, my husband and I passed this house and I felt the urgency to physically check on this situation, hoping to find an empty, pen. As I approached the pen I sighed a huge relief because I didn't see a dog, and it was a swelteringly hot day. I stood at the gate seeing nothing more than a board leaning up against the side of the house and an upside down empty torn up dish, inside the pen. Suddenly, there was movement. A large black dog began backing himself out from behind the board...the only shade for him. He timidly walked up to the gate and leaned against the pen wall and looked up at me as if to say "please help me". I knew he needed my help. The grass was over a foot tall and the beat up car had not moved for months. I contacted the Ferguson Police Department who contacted The Humane Society of Missouri and the investigation began. With the good help of many caring people including The Humane Society, St. Louis Animal Care and Control, Laura & Bob Safron, Betsy Hall Miller & family, Paul Flotron and many, many others, he was saved. And because of a very weak moment on my part and not wanting to put him through any more change, he is now a member of the our family.