Each year, in the U.S. alone, over ten million dogs and cats find themselves dumped in animal control facilities. Whether it is a shelter, the pound or a humane society, the environment is pretty much the same. For those who were homeless or abused, this may be the first time that they ever experience warmth, proper food or human kindness. However, for the vast majority of these animals, the ones who were family pets up until a stranger led them away, animal control facilities can be the scariest places in the world.
Imagine being taken away from everything that you know and placed into space full of barking dogs and cats in distress, cold soiled floors, the smells of a thousand other animals, and sickness and death. There is very little comfort to be found in this environment, which is why the services provided by shelter volunteers are so important!
This scared little pup was dumped at a local humane society. He was petrified and hiding behind his cot when a volunteer came by and decided to give him some playtime in the yard.
After coaxing the little fella outside, she saw him come to life in the play yard. He was all wags, licks and wiggles and quickly stole her heart! Even though she had a house full of cats at home, she decided to adopt the puppy anyway.
He was so grateful for his new home, that he settled right in.
The cats, who she worried would bully the little newcomer, were actually quite friendly and welcoming of their new sibling.
But after a few days at home, the puppy got sick. Kennel cough is an epidemic in animal control facilities and it affects both dogs and cats. About half of all 10 million shelter animals will contract this illness. The virus is similar to a flu and not deadly, but it is highly contagious and required antibiotics to treat.
Sadly, most shelters will euthanize any animal showing signs of sickness. How lucky for that this fella that he got out in time!
After a few days of TLC this sweet little guy was feeling better and enjoying life in his new home.
This amazing story just goes to show that when you adopt a shelter animal, you are literally saving a life. If you are thinking of adding a four-legged member to your family, open your heart and your home to love today.
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