People abandon or have to give up pets for many reasons. Some are considered legitimate, such as when the owner dies and there is no one else to care for the pet. Others are considered by many to not be acceptable reasons, such as the pet doesn’t match the new décor when redecorating or they are tired of the dog or cat and want a new, younger one. The Sacramento SPCA was faced with a sad note when it opened on Saturday. The note was left on the carrier containing a small dog–looking like a Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix–at its doors. The prior owners indicated that they had tried many things to get rid of the dog’s fleas, but were unsuccessful and didn’t want the dog to suffer any more. They also indicated in the note that they had no money, according to the Examiner.
The note stated the following. “Hi, my name is Pinky. My family tried really hard to get rid of my fleas, but couldn’t and I’m suffering. They didn’t have any way to get me help because they don’t have any money. They loved me so much they decided to take me to a no-kill shelter to get the help I need. I brought all my stuff for my new family. Thank you for your help.”
Although the Sacramento SPCA does not state that it is a no-kill shelter, the shelter wishes it could have spoken to the dog’s owners to determine what remedies they tried and to see if they could have offered other suggestions, according to Love Pet. On its Facebook page, the shelter also notes that there are resources for medical or behavioral issues with pets, offering the following link for distressed owners in need of assistance.
The story of the dog went viral on the shelter’s Facebook page, with about 1,000 share and 1,000 likes, and hundreds of comments. What do you think of someone leaving their animal at a shelter? Does the reason that the dog was left matter? Please leave your comments below.
It seems that Pinky’s owner or owners had her best interests at heart, although there might have been some assistance of which they were not aware that could have helped them keep Pinky. Some people will give up virtually everything so as not to have to give up their canine or feline companions. Animal lovers are often asked the rhetorical question whether they would give up something valuable, such as housing or food, so that they could keep their pets. Hillary Barrows was really put to the test and did live in her car so that she was able to keep her two beloved adopted dogs, Robbie and Cleo, when her money ran out and she couldn’t find housing that would take her and her dogs, according to an article in the Inquisitr.
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