This week, an animal shelter in New York remembered a beloved dog who died without ever knowing a real home of his own. The Yonkers Animal Shelter wrote:
“Our hearts are heavy today .Sadly we must share the passing of one our Shelter residents, sweet Charcoal.”
Charcoal arrived at the animal shelter in 2016 – according to the shelter, he was “bedraggled and in terrible condition.” The shelter wrote:
“He was a dog who seemingly had a hard life covered in scabs and callouses . We always wondered if he had a home or if he was a warehouse dog Either way his humans had clearly failed him.”
Charcoal was described as a dog with a “big personality,” who would stand on his hind legs to search for his favorite volunteer, Cathy. It took some time for the shelter to nurse Charcoal back to health – but after he was recuperated from his neglectful path, he was made available for adoption.
Sadly – nobody wanted to give Charcoal a chance. The shelter explained,
“People would just pass him by in the shelter. Perhaps it was his size as he was a big boy at a solid 85 lbs Charcoal was a big mush in a tough guy body. Maybe it was his loud barking big head and bad kennel presence that scared people off. They didn’t understand he was making so much noise because he was excited to see you. His age, at 11, put off potential adopters not wanting to take in a dog that might not have many years left. But up until the end we never gave up hope that his special someone would find him 😒”
Before Charcoal’s special person could be found, age took its toll. Charcoal had a mass in his throat which made breathing difficult. The shelter wrote:
“We made the humane decision to allow him to pass with dignity and in the arms of someone who loved him not alone suffering on a kennel run. He was given lots of hugs kisses and crossed knowing he was truly loved. Cathy his beloved volunteer told him the day she meet him she’d never leave him until he went home she kept her promise and was with him until the end.”
Charcoal never found his home, but he was loved by his shelter family:
“We feel like a part of our heart has been ripped away We are at least fortunate to have the experience to know him and love him. His gentle manner, blinding smile and tender kisses will be bound with us forever. Our hearts ache that Charcoal didn’t get that comfy bed or chance to curl up with his family on the couch but we do take some comfort in believing that his last 17 months were his happiest ever.”
More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page
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