There is no questioning the fact that people love dogs. They are the most popular pet in the U.S. and you would be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t break into a massive smile just looking at dogs. Sadly, despite the apparent love that people have for these animals, millions of them are homeless or left languishing in animal shelters.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year. While some of these animals are lucky enough to get adopted into forever homes, the vast majority do not get adopted and due to overcrowding and lack of funds, unfortunately, many shelters resort to euthanizing animals that aren’t immediately taken in. It’s estimated that five out of every 10 dogs is put down because they didn’t find a forever home in time. In high-kill shelters, some dogs could have only a few days to get adopted, but luckily there are many no-kill shelters that refuse to unnecessarily put down any animals – rather, they focus on finding creative solutions to ensure every animal in their care finds a good, loving home.
Just take the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, for example. According to their website, The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. And when you consider what they’re doing to help one of their residents, Mikey, get adopted, we certainly understand why.
Mikey has been in the Hempstead shelter for one year, and to date, this poor pup hasn’t had one single “meet and greet.” Because of this, he has been named the “invisible dog,” around the shelter.
So why is it that Mikey has been so overlooked? Well … it’s certainly not because of his personality! Volunteers describe Mikey as not being a “pushy” dog, and he is a HUGE fan of belly rubs, in fact, he’s known for spontaneously dropping to the floor and rolling on his back to ask for rubs.
Sweet Mikey came into the shelter with his sister and she got adopted only a few days after they arrived. Mikey took this loss pretty hard and stopped taking treats from shelter volunteers, clearly very upset. He is already housebroken which leads shelter staff to believe he once had a home – a fact that makes his never-ending stay in the shelter even more heartbreaking.
The shelter can be a scary place for dogs, thankfully kind volunteers have stepped in to help Mikey feel comfortable but they know what this pup really needs is a loving home.
In an effort to help Mikey go from “invisible” to someone new’s best friend, volunteers have set up a Facebook page for this cute pup. Their goal is to get as many likes on the page as possible to help Mikey’s story reach as many prospective guardians as they can.
As they say, adopting one dog might not change the world, but for that one dog, surely the whole world is changed!
All image source: Magical Mikey: An Invisible Dog/Facebook