Look at that face. How could anybody (anybody) not want to give this dog a hug and a new home?
These were the thoughts that ran through my mind as I walked through my local city shelter last week, looking at literally hundreds of dogs in need of good homes.
As I walked down the noisy and crowded rows, I couldn’t help but notice that many of these dogs and cats didn’t even have names—just numbers—because they are often put to sleep quickly in order to make room for the hundreds of other dogs coming in. This is the reality we face in a world where people continue to buy from pet stores or breeders instead of adopting homeless animals from the local shelter.
This particular dog shown above was listed as “owner surrender”—meaning she used to be part of someone’s family, but then they dumped her at the shelter. The veterinarians on site suspected that somebody bought the dog from a pet store, bred her, sold her puppies for cash, and then got rid of this new mom, just days after giving birth. It’s a tragic situation that they’ve seen all too often.
Fortunately for this lonely soul though, this was her lucky day.
You see, my wife and I just got a new apartment, and we determined that in our new home, we now have the time and resources necessary to adopt a dog and fulfill all of her needs.
One week later, our newest family member, Penny, is living the good life.
It’s a happy ending to a sad story, but most animals in the shelter won’t meet a similar fate. We must each do our part, by making sure that every dog and cat is spayed or neutered, and by always adopting animals, never buying.
For now though, Penny is enjoying her new home, and she’s very excited that I’m writing a blog about her story. So leave a comment below, and I’ll read it aloud to her!