It’s always nice when a dog comes into a shelter or rescue with a microchip. It makes it so much easier to find their caretaker and get the pet back home, safe and sound. For this old pup, however, when the guardian was contacted about the lost dog, the response Josephs Legacy received, was completely not expected.

The text sent back from the owner stated, “Sorry, I gave her away to my niece because she wouldn’t stop shitting all over the place. I do not want anything to do with her, so I’m not going to waste my time on that nonsense. Do not text my number again. Thanks.”

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This 10-year old girl obviously was not loved, nor respected. When she arrived at Josephs Legacy she was in poor shape with nearly five-inch nails. Luckily, the folks at Josephs Legacy will be caring for her until she finds a loving home to live out her remaining years.

Please remember that adding a pet to your family is a lifelong commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make sure every member of the family understands that a pet should be cared for in sickness and health, in good times and bad – just like you would any other family member. Also, be sure to look into temperament and activity levels and ask in depth questions about any pet you are considering, just to be sure you make the right match for your family and lifestyle. Additionally, having a pet can be expensive. From healthy pet food, vet bills, beds, toys, grooming, and more, be sure that you can financially handle caring for a pet now and in the future.

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Each year millions of dogs and cats are killed because shelters are too full. For every pet that is abandoned at a shelter, it is a death sentence for another. Most people that drop off pets don’t realize this reality because it is the shelter workers that have to make these heartbreaking decisions. It is simply not fair to the pet, the shelter workers, and the other pets that have been waiting to find a forever home – that may no longer have that opportunity. A pet can offer so much-unconditional love, a walking partner, a greeter, a therapist, a cuddler, a BFF (the list goes on!) and all they want in return is a loving forever home. Is that too much to ask?

Josephs Legacy is a non-profit rescue based out of Ohio that teams with other rescues and shelters nationwide to save as many lives as possible. They strive to regain hope and respect for all living animals by educating the public about the realities of animal welfare and lack of awareness.

To learn more about Josephs Legacy and the awesome work they provide for animals in need click here.

All Image Source: Josephs Legacy/ Facebook

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