Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

“Miracle Dog” Wakes Up Minutes After Being Euthanized, Gets Second Shot At Life.

Putting an animal to sleep may be the most difficult thing a pet owner will ever have to do, but sometimes it’s necessary. When a pet is aging or ailing, a vet will offer owners their opinion on the animal’s outlook and pain level. So rather than having the animal continue to suffer needlessly, they’re given a dose of pentobarbital, a seizure medication that causes the heart and brain functions to shut down within minutes. But what happens when you euthanize an animal and it comes back to life minutes later? It sounds like a plot from “Pet Sematary,” but it actually happened!

If you’re iffy about things like fate, you might think twice after listening to this story.

Someone was clearly watching over an adorable puppy named Rudolph back in January. The pup was living at an Oklahoma animal shelter and his odds of finding a forever home were not looking good.

If you’re iffy about things like fate, you might think twice after listening to this story.


Rudolph is only 7 months old, and his life was destined to come to a sad and lonely end.

The shelter Rudolph was in was extremely overcrowded with stray dogs and the staff there made the tough decision of putting him to sleep. But the end of this pup’s life was really only the beginning.

When an animal gets euthanized, they tend to stay down, but that didn’t happen with Rudolph.

Minutes after the veterinarian administered the drugs that stopped his heart and brain functions, Rudolph came back to life! Staff members were stunned when they walked into the room and found the pup wagging his tail.

The vet realized it wasn’t Rudolph’s time and refused to attempt to euthanize him again.

The staff figured that there must have been a reason for Rudolph’s resurrection, so they sent him to King’s Harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter in Davenport, Iowa, where he could continue to live his second chance.

Once Rudolph’s miraculous story came to light, the shelter received over 30 missed calls.

They also received a sea of adoption applications. People were lining up at the shelter’s door and even braced the cold in order to see the sweet-faced pup in the hopes of becoming Rudolph’s new owners.

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