Off The Grid Animal Sanctuary (OTGAS), tucked away in the middle of Texas, is a ray of hope for animals in need. Here, under Bionca Smith’s tender care, creatures of all sizes discover a sanctuary where safety and love are paramount.
The serene routine of the sanctuary was interrupted on a typical day by an unforeseen guest. A tired and worn-out stray dog made his way to OTGAS’s gates. The people living in the sanctuary detected a new presence among them, thus they were aware of his coming.
In an Instagram post, Bionca Smith describes the event in great detail: “He showed up at our gates at our sanctuary 10 minutes ago.” The dogs’ intense barking caught my attention as I noticed a desolate figure staring through the gates.
Though Smith was hesitant at first because of his massive stature, they soon developed a special bond with the stray dog, whom she called Deputy. Despite being serious, his eyes conveyed a lot. It was a whispered cry for assistance, Smith said, a moment when trust replaced dread.
Deputy gave Smith a gentle pat on the paw as a sign of optimism and trust. Deputy’s new existence officially began when Smith, impressed by this gesture, welcomed him into the sanctuary.
The Ceremony of Quarantine:
Deputy had to be quarantined before he could be properly acclimated to his new family. But first, a particular introduction was required. Kumo, our pack leader and security dog, had to greet Deputy first. Smith said, “Even though they were separated by a fence, their introduction was a heartwarming moment of mutual acceptance.”
Deputy adjusted to life in the sanctuary with ease. He finished his quarantine in less than a week, and the other inhabitants welcomed him with open arms. Playful romps filled his days, while his savior’s reassuring snuggles filled his evenings.
Smith muses, “Deputy has established himself as one of us. Every day he seems more at ease and is really starting to feel at home.
Though Smith wishes to find Deputy a permanent home, she finds comfort in the knowledge that OTGAS is a secure and loving place for him. “Deputy is living his best life; he’s not just surviving,” she says with a smile.
The narrative of Deputy serves as evidence for the sanctuary’s goals. Donating to Off The Grid Animal Sanctuary might help save more creatures like Deputy.