When you adopt a companion animal, whether they’re a cat, dog, bird, bunny, or fish, it should always be done with the understanding that you are taking on the role of a guardian. Our pets depend on us for everything. When they are hungry, it’s up to us to make sure that they’re fed. We make sure their water dishes are always full and clean; their grooming needs are taken care of; and that they life in a safe, happy, and healthy environment where they know they are loved. Sadly, not everyone takes their responsibility as seriously as they should. Many cats and dogs are abused, neglected, and abandoned by the ones who they look to for everything.
Ollie Loo, the Pit Bull mix in the photos below, is just one example of what happens when families who vowed to love their animals fail. Ollie is so young, he still had a few of his puppy teeth when he was rescued by Detroit Animal Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.). Cold, hungry, and alone, Ollie desperately stayed put on a recliner in the snowy, freezing weather after his family abandoned him.
When Ollie Loo’s family moved away, they left him behind. All he had left was a recliner and a few containers. According to a volunteer with Detroit Animal Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.) who helped save him, “He was all curled up as tight as he could get.”
A veterinary exam revealed that this poor pup had a broken leg in addition to being very emaciated. He likely hadn’t eaten a decent meal since his former guardians left him behind.
Luckily, he was placed with a loving foster family where he follows his new human sibling everywhere she goes.
Ollie doesn’t care if his dog bed is a little too small for him. After sleeping on a cold, hard recliner – just to stay out of the snow – he’s soaking up every bit of love he receives.
Ollie is doing well with his foster family. He’s eating and drinking properly and enjoying all the love and attention. According to his foster mom, he hasn’t had any accidents but, “was a little nervous to go outside and use the bathroom (probably because he thinks we will leave him).”
We’re so glad that Ollie is adjusting to life with his foster family so well. We cannot always account for the twists and turns that life will throw at us, but please always think carefully before adopting a pet — they are a lifetime commitment. If at any point you are unable to take care of your pet, please contact the shelter you adopted them from (many of them will take animals back, no questions asked) or ask your friends and family if they would be able to give them a home. Our animals are individuals with their own personalities just like us; they don’t deserve to be forced on the streets.
D.A.W.G. needs help to help pay for Ollie’s broken femur and other medical expenses. If you’re interested in helping Ollie get better, you can do so by sharing this story or by making a donation here. To learn more about D.A.W.G, visit their official website.
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