Pleading for help with his eyes, Balto rescued from Texas border shelter

A dog’s eyes plead for help. By no fault of his own, Balto happened to wind up in one of the poorest animal shelters along the Texas and Mexico border. Tragically there is little money, few volunteers and nearly no opportunity for dogs to be adopted; most pets brought in or found are euthanized.

Balto, however is one of the lucky ones. As his photos tell the story of abuse, neglect, sickness, abandonment and homelessness, this young dog has been rescued by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian for life-saving care.

“Same old story over and over again,” co-founder of the rescue Stacey Silverstein posted on the group’s Facebook. “We are here to pick up the pieces of these broken angels and try to give them back their lives.”

Balto is one of the thousands who have become the innocent casualties of the endless plight of homeless dogs across the country. Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted every year. (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats) About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners.

Sadly, each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). The most common reasons pets end up in shelters are due to being surrendered by their owners or found on the streets as strays. Only 10% of the pets entering shelters have been spayed or neutered. Can you see part of the problem? Be a responsible pet owner – spay or neuter your pet.

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6 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    What a hopeless , little dog in dire need, HE is one of the very few that escape the horrors of the SO CALLED SHELETES in the NO STAR STATE of TEXAS… That Governor Abbott should be ashamed of!!!

  2. Marni Montanez says:

    If our law makers and those in Mexico got together and had a conversation about this and implemented a plan to take care of these strays, can you imagine what could be done with the rescue groups out there.

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    And once again Texas gets the gold medal for their complete lack of animal welfare – this poorest shelter could use some funds to upgrade and stop murdering animals because Texas can’t be bothered to do anything to help them. If not for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC Balto would be dead – Governor Abbot should be more than ashamed, he should be forced to take a walk through this ‘shelter’ so he can see for himself what his lack of humanity towards those with no voice suffer through. He needs to take responsibility for his lack of action to ensure all shelters are properly funded – NO animal deserves to be treated like a disposable object.


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