As any pet parent will tell you, dogs are family. With six to eight million animals entering U.S. shelters every year, the thought of deserting our loyal companions is simply out of the question. But heartbreakingly, that’s exactly what happened to Toots, an adorable Beagle.
According to Pet Rescue Report, Toots was first adopted in Hawaii a few years ago, but for some reason, her family decided to recently surrender the dog… so that they could go on vacation for several weeks. What!?
Toots was then brought into San Bernardino City Animal Shelter, a shelter that has a high kill rate due to the pet overpopulation crisis. And that’s not even the worst of the story. The family then adopted a new dog to take with them on vacation. Unbelievable!
Toots doesn’t understand why her family is leaving her. How could someone do this!?
We have some good news for this sweet girl. Chiquita’s Friends Rescue, a non-profit animal rescue in Malibu, California, picked Toots up from the San Bernardino City Shelter just as they were closing one night. At the very least, Toots wouldn’t even have to sleep at the shelter!
With 70 million stray animals living in the United States, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Nearly half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are euthanized due to lack of space and adopters, amounting to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every ten dogs and seven out of every ten cats.
Please always spay and neuter your pets and urge your friends and family to do the same. Fostering an animal is also a great way to help end the pet homelessness crisis. Regardless if you open up your home to a dog, cat, bird, small pets, pig, any pet, you can feel wonderful knowing you have saved a life and cared for a pet who will soon find his or her forever home. For more ways on how you can get involved to help save animals, click here. Together, we can end pet homelessness!
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