Ten-year-old Murray’s original family gave him away to a relative because Murray was reportedly not good with their newborn baby. Two months later this relative boarded Murray, and while at the kennel Murray developed diarrhea. It did not clear up quickly, so in June 2016, his new owner took him to a vet and asked them to euthanize Murray. The vet persuaded the owner to surrender Murray to rescue. WIN was contacted and request was put out for a suitable foster home.
WIN volunteers Nanci Salter and Robin Vaccaro answered the call, even though they lived in New Hampshire and Murray was in Illinois. Robin flew to Chicago, rented a car and drove Murray back to New Hampshire. They took him to a vet and changed his diet and got his GI problems under control. He also underwent surgery to have two benign cysts removed. A new home was found in New York, but the adopter was not able to take him right away. Robin and Nanci continued to foster Murray until he went to his forever home with new mom Mary Ellen in August 2016.