Let freedom ring video: Dog no longer left behind after owner only reclaimed one pet

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On Friday morning, Mia’s story garnered the attention of dog lovers, rescue advocates and volunteers across the country. The tiny Yorkie blend’s plight was so sad; just watching her former owner play with her for a moment and then abruptly leave couldn’t have been more tragic to a loyal dog. The story of her eventual freedom developed here:

“I met Mia’s previous owner at the shelter; he had returned for her best friend Pepper. Mia watched and cried as her previous owner walked out of the shelter without her. He told me a family member surrendered her because she worked long hours and could not care for her. He said she gets along with dogs and cats, and is a little protective of her food.”

And so Mia’s questionable fate became everyone’s concern; her short video detailed the dog’s sadness and desperation.

“My name is Mia, and I’m an approximately 6 year old female Yorkshire terr.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since May 17, 2017.  I am available on May 17, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L335. The staff/volunteers here at the animal care center have found that I spend most of my time indoors.  I seem to be good with small children.  I am house trained and I am good on a leash. I seem to get along well with dogs and cats.”

Just hours later, one of Mia’s advocates, Sal Valdepena made the happy announcement concerning the little one’s freedom roll:

“Ever see a dog leave the shelter ??? Pretty incredible….. Friends of Lancaster Shelter Dogs CA 2 networking page has done an OUTSTANDING job at getting the dogs seen. Thank u ladies… soooo thankful to you and the tireless work you do… Mia is free because u shared her story.”

Mia has been rescued by Big Bones Canine Rescue.

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(Photos and video courtesy of Friends of Lancaster Shelter Dogs CA and Sal Valdepena)

Ever see a dog leave the shelter ??? Pretty incredible….. Friends of Lancaster Shelter Dogs CA 2 networking page has done an OUTSTANDING job at getting the dogs seen. Thank u ladies… soooo thankful to you and the tireless work you do… Mia is free because u shared her story.

Posted by Sal Valdepeña on Friday, May 19, 2017


15 replies
  1. Dawn Rogers says:

    I wish I could just save all our fur babies. But I cry when I read their stories, then I share every story I can. And then sometimes, a miracle happens and one at a time gets a happy ending. But not all of them. But everyone that helps these fur babies,are Angels. Thank you for all the love ,care,and support.I speak for the ones who can’t. God Bless all you kind Hearts.

  2. Dawn Hubbard says:

    So glad for the update! I went to Big Bones Canine Rescue and thanked them! I have two rescues and my heart goes out to Mia and her new forever family, hopefully soon. She knows she has been saved and loved, even now!

  3. linda says:

    The video was up lifting even if Mia thought she was going back to her previous owners who were POS’s. She will have a great loving home. Good karma from those that shared her plight.

  4. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Grand merci du plus profond de mon coeur a celui qui ne l’a pas abandonné. MERCI. Vous êtes un ange ????????????

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    So you work long hours – NO excuse at all – you MAKE time for your dog – it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure that one out. Mia deserved much better and I hope she gets a safe loving home with people who WILL make time for her.

  6. pamela bolton says:

    Tickled to death for Mia. I recently lost a Chihuahua of just under 14 years that looked just like her. Have not slept sell since seeing her because she looked so much like Cinnamon. Glad to see that someone appreciated her enough to save her. All 6 of my dogs are rescues and proud of them..Thank you Big Bones Canine Rescue for saving her. My heart can rest now.


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