Heartbreaking reality: Owners line up at shelter to surrender their pets before July 4th parties

This is the pet surrender line on Tuesday at a Houston, Texas animal shelter with people waiting to abandon their dogs and cats. The heartbreaking photo was taken by the rescue group Snarr  – Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation. On the organization’s Facebook page, the frustration and anger of the situation was palpable:

“All these dogs and cats are about to be DUMPED to face a death sentence. Right now, they are standing in line, the concrete searing their paws, and they have no idea that it’s about to get worse,” the post begins. 

And then the reality of what the dogs and cats are quickly sensing and the apparent indifference of their human companions brings both anger and tears at the same time:

“They’ll be dragged from the person they love, the person that swore to love and care for them for the duration of their lives. They’ll be confused, sad, but most of all terrified. The smell of death is overpowering here. After a day or two of sleeping on cold, dirty floors with the cacophony always all around, shivering and scared, they’ll be walked down a long hall to a room.”

The world will soon end for that once “loved” pet while their owners most likely are reveling in the fireworks, the celebrations and the long vacation weekends, but wait – Fluffy and Fido breathed their last. Vacations and holiday celebrations are the most common reasons pets are surrendered at this time of year:

“A needle will slide into their veins and they’ll slip away, wondering where their beloved human is and why they never came back.”

This is just one shelter, and if anyone thinks this is an unusual occurrence and perhaps this writer or the rescuers of Snarr are exaggerating, here are more examples of what continues across the country:

“Snarr – Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation This is the harsh reality every day at most every large city shelter. 8 surrenders at the Harris Shelter at the time someone was there looking for an lost dog.”

“Brenda Lee The exact thing is happening in Philly this week, today too. We have over 80 owner surrenders in one week. Our shelter only holds about 100 big dogs. So, you can imagine how bad it is.”

“Wendy NV Our rural shelter in the Mojave desert in CA is suffering the same…more come to drop animals than help them the past few weeks.”

And while some may say every person who shows up at a shelter with a dog or cat may not always be the owner, many times people will not admit to being an owner to avoid paying a surrender charge – funding used to feed and care for the shelter pets no longer wanted by their families. Of course there are hardship cases, but reach out to the community for help, call friends and family, contact breed specific rescue organizations and network to find your faithful companion a home before surrendering them to an open admission animal shelter.  How many of these young, healthy pets will ever make it out of the shelter? How about the senior dog whose heart is broken into a thousand tiny pieces as he watches his owner walk away for the last time?

“What can you do about it? FOSTER. ADOPT. TRANSPORT. SHARE. DONATE. Looking away is being a part of the problem.”

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(Photo via Snarr)


Final Call – Friendly, but forgotten, dog moved to euthanasia room

The final call has been issued for a forgotten dog who is being held at South Texas Shelter Near Corpus Christi. The handsome, blue-eyed dog, named “Dakota,” is truly a death row dog – already moved into the so-called “euthanasia” room.

On Monday, the Nueces County, Tx: Dog In Need of Rescue Facebook page explained the dire situation that Dakota is in:

Dakota has been at the kill shelter since May 22!!!!! This gorgeous and friendly heeler/Husky mix is sweet as can be but OUT OF TIME! A kennel worker moved him to the front on Friday in hope he would be adopted but no one chose Dakota! The shelter is full and this precious dog has been moved to the EU room!!!

Dakota deserves a chance…please share the following information to help save his life.

Kennel 19

South Texas Shelter Near Corpus Christi

FMI: call or text 979-595-8356

Note: All inquiries about this dog, including those about availability, health and temperament, must be made to rescue coordinator, not the writer of this article.

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German shepherd pup dumped at shelter after enduring motor oil treatments for mange

Is is hard to believe Pancho is a German shepherd barely one-year-old? According to the Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers, this sweet, young dog had been surrendered on Saturday because he refused to eat; that’s after months and months of homemade treatments including having being doused with motor oil to rid him of mange.

“This dog sat in someone’s backyard, getting worse and worse over the last three months, enduring homemade mange treatments like motor oil and a purple dip. Apparently along the way he stopped eating too, probably because he was just too damn miserable.

He is one year old. This is Houston, y’all,” a Harris County shelter volunteer wrote on their organization’s Facebook page.

When brought in, Pancho weighed 69 pounds; a dog his breed and his size should average in the 96 pound range. And when Pancho, curled up in the back of a pickup truck, arrived at the shelter, his owner called his demodectic mange incurable, and that was the reason she had decided to surrender him to the shelter.

On Monday evening, Vals Pals submitted a rescue tag for Pancho. Funds will be needed to help with his medical expenses. Click here to help Pancho realize life is much better than what he has known for the first part of his life.

(Photo of Pancho after motor oil treatments)

Make sure to check out the Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers page on Facebook. No sooner does one dog leave the shelter with a new family or rescue group, another desperate case enters the shelter. Be a hero for a dog and adopt your next best friend. Volunteers work very hard to help; won’t you be part of the solution too?

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Pitiful – senior dog brought to shelter in shopping bag, now sits in isolation

A senior dog named Beatrice has been dealt a bad card of hands in her senior years. The dog, estimated at 10 years of age, was brought in a shopping bag to the Los Angeles Animal Services – Harbor Shelter on June 10.

Fast forward two weeks – Beatrice is still at the facility, and still alone. Adding insult to injury, Beatrice is not even in public view at the shelter. The ARF Harbor Shelter Facebook page explains:

Meet Beatrice! Our beautiful Beatrice will break your heart in two – she was brought to the shelter in a shopping bag after having been left on someone’s porch. She’s elegant and long-limbed, and though her back legs are a little weak she can still walk. Beatrice is kept in ISO where no one can see her because she’s geriatric.

Adding:

She’s pure sweetness, and ever so gentle, and she deserves better. Please open your home and heart to Beatrice.

Do you need a quiet friend? Please consider adding Beatrice to your family. If not, please take a moment to share her adoption information and help her find somewhere safe and loving to go.

Los Angeles Animal Services – Harbor Shelter at (888) 452-7381
Ask for information about animal ID number A1706584

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Senior dogs cry and search for family after being surrendered to shelter

How does one explain to a dog that their family is never coming back? Three dogs who were just surrendered to the Chicago Animal Care and Control agency in Illinois are confused and upset that they are no longer with the people they love.

One of the dogs, an 11-year-old female named “Mancha,” is so distraught that she spends her time crying and searching for her family. A volunteer wrote the following information about the lonely senior dog, whose family acknowledged that she has issues with “loneliness.”

Mancha did seem very sad and confused about where her family was at. She was constantly looking for them when we had her outside and would pace back and forth and come up to us and just cry. She is a very sweet dog that is very easy to handle, I am sure she just misses her family.

Mancha was surrendered with two other senior dogs who are believed to be her parents – the dogs, Troy (13) and Tana (12) are likely just as upset and confused as Mancha.

Please help share the rescue information for these senior dogs – they have been designed to go to approved rescue groups only.

RESCUE ONLY AT CHICAGO ACC

MANCHA A167676 I Spayed Female I 11yrs I B94
*Came in with Troy A167674 & Tana A167677

Want to foster or adopt?
About Fostering: http://bit.ly/learnaboutfostering
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Q&A: http://bit.ly/28TBQUC

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Owners dumped blind puppy at busy animal control – didn’t want a blind dog

Any dog left by their family at a busy animal control agency experiences fear, confusion and sadness – imagine for a moment the added confusion and terror which is experienced when the dog is blind. On Saturday, a 10-month-old puppy who is blind was taken to the Carson Animal Services facility in Gardena, California – his family told the staff that they didn’t want a blind dog.

Now the pup, whose name is Rocky, is stuck in his kennel run – alone and terrified. A brief video clip shows Rocky’s fear…he is frozen in one place, drooling and scared.

Rocky could use a hero right now – he was let down and betrayed by his family and now he is utterly alone. Please share Rocky’s adoption information and help him find a loving and loyal new owner.

Adoption information:

#A5082171 My name is ROCKY and I’m an approximately 10 month old male Pit Bull. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/24. I will be available on 6/24. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because I’m BLIND!

AVAILABLE ON: 6/24 Animal ID #A5082171 🔹 Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
🔹 M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
🔹216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

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Dog thrown out of car on busy expressway

On Friday, June 3rd, 2017 a traveling motorist witnessed two African-American males throw a small dog out of their car on the East/West expressway in Orlando, Florida. The witness was very shaken by what she had seen and contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn contacted Orange County Animal Control. Unfortunately, she was unable to get the tag number of the vehicle.

According to Animal Control, an officer responded but could not find the dog. Yet, over the course of several days more calls went into the Sheriff’s Office advising of a small black and tan dog roaming around the expressway. A deputy sheriff also went in search of the dog, but once again the pooch evaded rescue.

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, two Good Samaritans, Cathy Wagner and Jennifer Carr decided to look for the dog. Both ladies are staunch animal advocates and active in the animal rescue world.  After searching up and down the expressway in the vicinity where the dog was seen, with no results, they were about to give up. Jennifer then saw the dog peeking out from an area overgrown with weeds and bushes.  The dog was terrified and shaking badly. Luring her out with treats, Cathy and Jennifer were able to pick her up and place her in their vehicle. They rushed the dog to the vet where it was discovered she was approximately and year and a half old, had recently given birth and had one of her canine teeth missing. She was also extremely undernourished and emaciated. The vet and the two rescuers hypothesized that the dog was either used for fighting or breeding, and when she no longer served her purpose she was thrown from the vehicle in hopes of killing her.

Cathy and Jennifer named the dog Willow since she was found in an area overgrown with brush. Today Willow has gotten over her fear of humans and is a loving, affectionate dog whose tail is always wagging. She gets along okay with other dogs but not cats.  She has been vaccinated, spayed and is heart-worm negative. Willow is currently in a foster home, but she cannot stay there because she has already gone after two of the cats. She does, however get along with the Bernese Mountain Dog she shares the home.

If you can help Willow have a better chance at life, please contact denise.costa@tales4tails.net and put “Willow” in the subject line.


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Police found abandoned dog wandering alone in park – he is out of time

On June 14, police discovered an abandoned dog, wandering alone in a park in Brooklyn, New York. The dog, dubbed “Megatron,” was taken to the New York Animal Care Center (Brooklyn), but not surprisingly, nobody came forward to claim him.

Megatron was on the “euthanasia list” on June 22 – his Petharbor link is still active today (Friday 6/23), but he is not safe. This abandoned dog’s history is unknown – all that is known is that he needs to quickly find an adopter or reputable rescue group to take him in.

According to NYC Urgent, Megatron is exhibiting signs of kennel stress – and it’s getting worse. Without help, he will be gone soon. Notes indicate that Megatron does best with female dogs – he has been friendly with the volunteers. Something is wrong with one of Megatron’s eyes – he should be evaluated and treated by a veterinarian.

Read more about this dog here.

For more information about this animal, visit:
Animal Care Center of NYC – Brooklyn
Ask for information about animal ID number: A1115306

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Nobody came to claim beautiful stray – now he is a death row dog

A handsome dog was recently picked up as a stray and taken to a South Texas animal shelter near Corpus Christi. The dog’s striking good looks led staff to believe that the dog (dubbed Henry) would be claimed, but alas, nobody arrived to the animal control facility to claim him as their own.

Now, Henry is a death row dog. On Thursday morning, the volunteer-run Facebook page, Nueces County, Tx: Dogs in Need of Rescue, wrote:

HIS THREE DAYS HAVE COME
AND GONE…

We thought for sure someone would snatch up handsome Henry. No one has called to save him! This gorgeous shepherd mix is young, calm and friendly. Great with other dogs. That three day stray hold comes and goes so fast. Henry now sits OUT OF TIME at a very FULL kill shelter. Call NOW for Henry.

Henry did nothing wrong, but he may pay for being a stray with his life – please help share Henry’s information, you may save his life.

Kennel 11
South Texas Shelter Near Corpus Christi

FMI: call or text 979-595-8356

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Locked away – dog’s face reveals utter terror

A dog named “Cassy,” is gripped with fear inside of her kennel run at an animal shelter in Tarboro, North Carolina. Photos of the hound reveal her utter terror – it is apparent that she can sense the danger that she is in.

Cassy is being held at the Edgecombe County Animal Shelter – she was picked up as a stray on June 12. According to the volunteer-run Facebook page which networks homeless pets at this facility, Cassy will let people touch her, but she is terrified.

Please help Cassy find an adopter or a reputable rescue agency by sharing her adoption information.

Per volunteer-run Facebook page:

This dog is available for adoption at the Edgecombe County Animal Shelter, located behind the old Edgecombe County Health Dept. at 2909 N.Main St. in Tarboro, NC. Contact the shelter at 252-641-4112 or after hours the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at 252-641-7911 . Adoption hours are Monday through Friday 1:30 – 4:30 pm.
Adoption fee is $40.  There is a mandatory $40 refundable deposit for spay/ neuter. After surgery is done, you get the deposit back and spay/neuter is free

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