As humans, we also often forget that we are not the only ones to experience a period of grief when we lose a loved one. But, animals experience it, too. Hachiko the dog became famous for waiting at the train station for his guardian long after he passed away and other dogs have displayed the same refusal to leave their dearly departed. Loss doesn’t look the same for every animal. For a companion animal, being abandoned at a shelter by their guardian can affect them as badly as losing them forever. That’s what happened to June, the dog in the photo below. On the day that she was left at The Haley Graves Foundation in North Carolina, she had no idea that it would be the last day she ever saw her former guardian — and it shook her.
After June watched her former guardian walk away forever, she was so shaken up that she could hardly function. Too frightened to even look at her new home, this poor pup remained frozen in the corner.
All alone, yet surrounded by the barks of hundreds of other dogs who wanted to be let out, June had no idea where she was or who she could trust.
Not only was June diagnosed as heartworm positive — something that could have easily been prevented, but also she was not microchipped. It was clear to the staff that June’s former guardian had never taken her to the vet.
It’ll be some time before she’s up for adoption, but in the meantime, she’ll be nice and cozy in her new bed.
Looking into her eyes, it’s clear to us that June is no longer the dog who was so frightened that she couldn’t move from the corner. There are humans who love her and it’s thanks to their love that she’s healing in all aspects of her life: body, mind, and soul.
Because she was diagnosed with heartworm, it will be some time before June is available for adoption, but in the meantime, we’re happy to report that she loves to be pampered. According to The Haley Graves Foundation, June had a spa day and loved it and she’s undergoing treatment for her heartworm. June has been microchipped, so once she’s finished with her treatment, this happy girl will be ready to go to her new forever home! It’s amazing how just one week of love and care has completely transformed this pup.
There are about six to eight million like June living in shelters across the United States, if you’re considering welcoming a companion animal into your life, please consider adoption your only option and never shop.
To learn more about The Haley Graves Foundation or to donate to their cause, visit their official website.
Note: this story is from 2017
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