Promised a lifetime of care, 12-year-old ‘min-pin’ too old to love

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Aged to perfection, a well-behaved miniature Pinscher named Tess spent 12 years with her family. Promised a lifetime of love and care, what could have prepared a blind and nearly deaf senior to be unceremoniously surrendered to an animal shelter because her family relocated, and there was no need for Tess?

At the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, the staff and volunteers are eager to champion her cause with the following stellar description:

“Now Tess is as well balanced as they come. She gets along with everyone and everything. She’s house trained. She’s a perfect little lady. She’s in very good health. She doesn’t cause a fuss about anything.”

Sadly, Tess is so confused. What happened to the arms who used to hug her, and what about all those familiar smells? Fortunately, Tess is in a foster home, but she needs a home of her own – a home where she will never be left alone again. To add to her glowing resume, Tess likes children, likes other dogs and is not bothered by cats.

 “She’s just a really good girl that is simply heart broken. Tess spent the whole time I was taking her pictures with her nose turned to the wind. I can only imagine what she was searching for in the breeze,” her advocate posted on Facebook.
Can you promise Tess a life of no more changes? If so, please call Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center at 757-385-4444 (x2) and tell them you’d like to meet Tess (1609-1549) as she’s currently in a foster home waiting for someone to give her a family to call her own. Follow Tess’ Facebook page here.




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  1. Hope THEY DON”T have ELDERLY they may relinquish THEM to the Crematory before they EXPIRE!!! What the hell is with OUR SOCIETY anymore NOTHING IS CHERISHED!!!!

      • Sad Thing IS this REALLY happens to our Elder Parents too… I have been a RN for 25 years and could NO LONGER watch elder parents sitting in the lobby of our local nursing home waiting and continuously watching for their children to “stop” by and see them . Hell my husband’s family of Son’s did that to their mom… my husband went up a couple times a week, and the others NADA!!! I decorated her room every little “holiday type of event” flag day, earth day, along with the major ones. When she died Who got to pay for the remaining money for a tomb stone and what her Colonial Pen didn’t cover … One other brother helped some, but it was US… She doted on those boy’s , didn’t like any of the daughter-in -law… OUR Society had really suffered and the middle age generation on down ONLY CARE’s for #1 themselves… pets and also family are quite disposable…

  2. was she eventually adopted? her story breaks my heart. who would abandon a dog after 12 years of caring after her…?!?!

  3. My last MinPin was with me for 11 years until I had to euthanize him against my wishes. That was +- 15 years ago and I never stopped missing him. Now I’m anxiously waiting for my “new” MinPin, a 12 year old senior that I’m rescuing through an organization that specializes in placing Miniature Pinschers in adoptive homes (this one is in Florida). Tess’ face makes me very sad — old, blind and without familiar sounds and smells to comfort her. I wish I could at least hug her. Praying that somebody will take her to a loving home.


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