By Nathan Vicar
(AMP) — This was not a typical rescue.
The Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue say they were contacted by a Detroit school teacher who reported that a janitor at the school heard a knock at the school’s back door and saw a kid set down a box and run.
When the janitor went to the door and opened it, he found a cardboard box with a handwritten note taped to it.
“Sorry it didn’t have a home, and it was cold so were going to give it to you,” the note said. “Please do let it go find it a new home. Thank you.”
Inside of the box was was a puppy curled up in a blanket, left with some food and holes for breathing.
Initially, the teacher retrieved the puppy, and she and her son gave the puppy a name — Snowflake, according to the rescue’s Facebook page. But they didn’t keep Snowflake for long.
The teacher contacted the non-profit , who helps injured, sick and homeless dogs in the Detroit area, and she arranged for rescuers to take Snowflake into their care, according to The Dodo.
“She was so cute,” Theresa Sumpter, founder and director of Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, told The Dodo. “I guess this child had wanted a better life or a home for the puppy. We’ve never been able to make contact with him, but it looked like he was trying to take care of the puppy.”
Initially, Snowflake, who’s about 7 and a half weeks old, didn’t want to leave the safety of the cardboard box. Sumpter told the Dodo she allowed Snowflake to stay in there, and even put in an extra blanket to keep Snowflake warm.
“She really likes the box — I don’t know why,” Sumpter said. “She likes to sit in the box, she likes to lie in the box, she likes her toys in the box.”
Snowflake eventually left her box to get dewormed and vaccinated at the vet. However, she’s not up for adoption yet, Sumpter told the Dodo.
If no one claims Snowflake, Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue will make sure she finds the best possible home. But for now, Snowflake is enjoying the holidays with her foster family.
Sumpter told the Detroit Free Press that the Pit Crew’s volume doubles when it gets cold in Michigan because every dog is “pretty much urgent,” and that over the last two weeks they’ve rescued 29 dogs and a goose.