Adopt Me! Fred Is Fattening Up for His Forever Home

10/11/2012 at 04:30 PM EDT

Adopt Me! Fred Is Fattening Up for His Forever Home
Courtesy Sam Gurley
It's Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month, and in honor of all the wonderful rescue dogs out there, we're introducing you to lovable pets-in-waiting all month long. Today, we'd like you to meet Fred, a white dachshund found starving and scared on the side of the road in Rosarito, Mexico.

On Sept. 14, Good Samaritans saw the emaciated dog scrounging for food on the streets, picked him up and took him to the Baja Animal Sanctuary in San Diego, Calif.

"He was just the skinniest dog they've [accepted] since they've been open," says Sam Gurley, a student who took photos of the frail dog for the Pics for Pets campaign, which encourages teens to help shelter animals find homes.

This dog's transformation from a fearful 13-lb. canine to a happy and healthy pup has been chronicled on a Facebook page created when he was rescued. In the past few weeks, the 4-year-old dog has savored plenty of food, gotten a clean bill of health from a vet and enjoyed lots of T.L.C. from sanctuary staff.

"He has bounced back wonderfully, and has a very happy disposition," reads an update from Oct. 1. "He is always wagging and is a completely different dog than we rescued from the street that day."

Gurley adds, "You can obviously tell he appreciates what they've done for him."

If you think Fred is the friend you've been looking for, contact the Baja Animal Sanctuary at (619) 786-7928.

Watch the video of Fred's rescue below.

Click here to meet last week's adoptable pet, Franklin.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home it's important to consider your family circumstances and do your research on breeds.

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