When an 18-year-old dog spends even one night at a crowded shelter

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, could a gentle 18-year-old dog watching life go by in a crowded city shelter convey the saddest essence of a disposable society? Yet, there he waits – a surrendered dog at the Baldwin Animal Shelter in California; a dog with a strong will to survive.john-hwang-sept292

And as animal advocate, John Hwang passed by the kennel of Browney, the Chinese Sharpei, John listened carefully as he photographed Browney – hoping to help the gentle soul find someone to love and care for him.

“His barks were faint. Every movement, every breathe felt labored. Yet even at 18 years of age, his strong will keeps him going..”

Click here for Browney’s adoption listing. “My name is Browney and I’m an approximately 18 years, 3 month old male Chinese Sharpei.  I am not yet neutered.  I have been at the Baldwin Animal Care Center since September 15, 2016.  I am available on September 19, 2016.  You can visit me at my temporary home at B418.” A Facebook page for this dog can be found here. Although Browney currently has a “commitment to adopt” and a rescue organization waiting, Baldwin Animal Shelter has not allowed the release of the dog pending the requirement for a temperament test before being permitted to leave. Meanwhile, this dog needs to be at a veterinarian’s office receiving help – not lying in a kennel in the extreme heat. john-hwang-sept293

Please share Browney’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Browney’s family should have been celebrating his life – an amazing feat few dogs ever accomplish – instead they dumped him at a shelter to die alone. Follow the dog’s rescue here.

(Photos John Hwang)




11 replies
  1. Ted Trent says:

    We renamed Brownie Wonka. Wonka passed away 1 year and 1 month after we got him out of this shelter. He has an amazing life.


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