Just two years ago, a family purchased a beautiful Akita puppy, but apparently never made any plans for the dog’s future just in case they would not be able to care for him. On March 20, Raiden was surrendered to the Miami-Dade Animal Services – an open admittance shelter that averages taking in more than 28,000 dogs annually.
Andrea McNee, the animal rescuer coordinator at South Florida Animal Rescue Network, a Florida non-profit serving dogs and horses in need in the South Florida area, penned a special message for Raiden’s owners after her heart broke as she watched the young dog shaking uncontrollably in his cage, knowing that he had been abandoned by the family he loved. Andrea’s heart wrenching note stated:
“To the family who dumped Raiden #A1777880 at our local KILL shelter, I hope this post reaches you. Two years ago you thought buying an Akita puppy was the coolest thing ever but didn’t plan what to do with him in the event of having to move. Now he sits there shaking like a leaf, because even though he is a good boy he knows you have left him there to die. He has not eaten or potty; he simply can’t move because he is petrified. We want to help but we may not be able to. There are alternatives to a kill shelter that you probably didn’t consider because it is easier to think that another wonderful family will adopt him. Sorry to break the news but the REAL WORLD doesn’t work that way. The commitment you made to Raiden the day you brought him home as a cute puppy has been broken; you failed him.”
Don’t buy a dog unless you can make a lifelong commitment. These sentient beings aren’t stuffed toys; they love their families. And when it’s no longer an option to keep that best friend, do some work to find him a new home where he will be safe and loved. Notify breed specific rescue organizations, call relatives and friends, ask people to share the news and locate a family who will give your dog a great home. Dropping your dog off at an open shelter is often a death sentence. Some things in this world are “just not right.”
Follow Raiden’s Facebook page on the Urgent Dogs of Miami here. When surrendered, because his family was moving, Raiden’s behavior was normal. Since then he has been reported to be fearful, and he has not been taken out of his kennel. He is no longer on the adoption floor. For interested fosters, adopters and approved rescue organizations, make sure to reference:
(A1777880) I am a male brown Akita.
The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old.
I was turned in by my owner and I am available for adoption.
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