Any animal lover will immediately tell you their dogs are family. We shower them with toys, treats and would ultimately do anything to ensure their well-being. And with six to eight million animals entering U.S. shelters every year, the thought of deserting our beloved companions is absolutely out of the question. But heartbreakingly, that’s exactly what happened recently to Athena, a beautiful gray Pit Bull.

Athena was adopted from the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption Center about a month ago and then suddenly the people she thought would love her unconditional dumped her back at the shelter. As you can see in the above video, Athena happily wags her tail at her human, not understanding that they are deserting her, while they hand her and her dog bed off to shelter staff. They didn’t even say goodbye to Athena. How could someone do this?!

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Athena is still at the shelter looking for her true forever family. Let’s find Athena the home she rightfully deserves. Please share this post with everyone you know. A quick click could help Athena find the perfect person!

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. Out of six to eight million cats and dogs, one in four animals brought into shelters are Pit Bulls or pit-associated breeds and mixes – currently, the most wrongly marginalized dogs in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

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.