Some days are just more heartbreaking than others in the world of animal rescue. Ask volunteer Ann Flores who photographed two dogs lying on the ground outside of the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston. How the dogs knew they didn’t want to go into the building might not be a mystery; dogs are intelligent and can smell danger. Sadly, their owners laughed when they had to carry the dogs into the shelter, knowing that the dogs would most likely be euthanized. Surrendered pets are always the first to die.
According to the Daily Mail, both dogs named Truman and Mandi, suffered from heartworms. Mandi had mange and her eyes were so infected, she could barely see. Their time at the shelter was limited; Houston and Harris County Animal Volunteers quickly got busy and sent out pleas for help over social media.
And it worked. Cypress Lucky Mutt Rescue and Grace Mercy Love German Shepherd Rescue stepped forward to help. Foster homes were arranged. Poor Truman was so traumatized by his experience, rescuers had to carry him out to the car, but slowly he was able to unwind and is being fostered by volunteer Christina Caballero along with her dog and cats. Mandi left the shelter the day after Truman. She lives with her foster mom, Jackie Duncan and is learning how to love.
Interested in fostering or adopting? Please contact Houston and Harris County Animal Volunteers. You could save a life and find a new best friend.
(Photos via Facebook Ann Flores)
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