Let’s get one thing out of the way that we all can agree on: dogs are great. We humans and dogs may not be able to communicate on the same level, but we sure do work hard to understand each other — out of love. As guardians, we’ll spend hours on end or even hundreds of dollars on doggy school to ensure that our pups learn verbal commands or gestures because, goodness forbid they ever manage to get out, they’ll know to “sit” and “stay” before they put themselves in any danger. And we know that our dogs will always try their hardest to give us what we want — it might take some longer than others to understand, but they give it their best with all of their heart. When we adopt, we make the commitment to take care of our animal companion, for better or for worse, until the end of their days. We know, that sounds a lot like marriage. We’re pretty serious when it comes to taking care of animals.

Unfortunately, not all pet parents are cut out to be pet parents at all. Zuzu, the dog in the photos below, once thought that she had a forever home with a family who loved her. She lived with her biological father and just like us, dogs grieve when they lose loved ones. When her father passed away, Zuzu became depressed and would cry often. One day, she hopped the fence into the neighbor’s backyard and they called animal control — that’s how Zuzu went from having a home to living at Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control Downey. Now, some dogs languish in shelters with little hope of ever seeing their family’s again – however, Zuzu’s family did come back.


When Zuzu saw her family arrive at the shelter, she was overcome with excitement. But soon, the staff learned that her family no longer wanted her because she was no longer a happy dog — they were there to adopt another dog! 

We’re sure that all this girl needed was the loving support of her family to recover from the emotional tax of her father’s death. Not to be left behind and then ignored.

Shelter volunteer Desi Lara uploaded a video of Zuzu reacting to seeing her old family. Clearly, she was overjoyed to see them – sadly, they didn’t feel the same.


Desi and all the other volunteers at the shelter are on a mission to find this sweet pup a new home that will provide the unconditional love this pup deserves. Desi explains on Facebook, “She was re-named Zuzu! After the daughter in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Why, because we are going to post, tag and share her and give her a New life. A wonderful life!”

According to her adoption profile, “she is good with kids and other dogs” and “lives to love her family.” As far as we’re concerned, Zuzu’s previous family doesn’t deserve her and they certainly don’t deserve another dog. Clearly, they don’t respect the emotional complexity of these animals as every pet parent should.

If you’re interested in adopting Zuzu, you can learn more about her by visiting her ShelterMe page. To learn more about Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control Downey, visit their official website.


All image source: ShelterMe