We wish every story we shared with you had a happy ending; we wish all dogs could find forever homes and someone to show them, endless love.
The harsh truth is though, not every dog is fortunate enough to find this lifelong happiness. Through no fault of their own, many dogs are abandoned at shelters by owners who either don’t want them or don’t know how to care for them. (The letter is below)
They may become tired and no longer need or want their companionship; they may have used them for profit, and the dog is no longer making them money. Because of overcrowding, these sweet creatures who are so carelessly discarded must be euthanized because there’s no room for them at the shelter.
This is a tragic story that will make you cry and break your heart. For all the abandoned dogs and for all those who will be left behind still, please read and share this post. And if you shed a tear, that’s okay because these dogs who have crossed the Rainbow bridge received little love while they were alive.
Let’s listen to Michele, the shelter worker and put an end to unnecessarily killing dogs. Let’s do what we must to give them all loving homes and lives full of play and peace.
Remember always to spay and neuter your animals. This will significantly cut down on the number of dogs surrendered to shelters. Be sure you properly train and care for your dog too.
Shelter worker, Michele Boggs processes dozens of abandoned dogs each week. She says goodbye to many of them too. She shared a powerful photo on social media of a pile of bags containing the bodies of dead dogs on the floor at her feet.
This is a sobering reminder of what’s happening all across North America. Michele wrote a letter from the perspective of an abandoned dog who couldn’t be saved.
“I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded, and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now.
“Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge.
“Would I still be at home if I hadn’t chewed your shoe? I didn’t know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys. Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all.
“There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door.
“Would I still be at home if I hadn’t brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, I couldn’t get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days.
“Would I still be at home if I hadn’t barked? I want to be your best friend.”
“Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didn’t make me learn how. Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me? You didn’t pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me.
“I died today. Love, Your Puppy”
Michele explained working at these shelters takes its toll on everyone there. “Every one of us at the shelter who takes care of these babies daily…cried for every one of those dogs…some of us gave them a final kiss…one of us shared their lunch with a dog they grew to love…but we all shed a tear for them…it isn’t their fault…They pay the consequences.”
She also cautioned, “If you don’t think this happens…you aren’t living in reality…they die daily…thousands.
She pleaded: “Please forward this to everyone, it’s time to stop animal abuse.”
Michele’s right. The time is now to end this cruelty toward animals. Will you share this post with your friends and family?
For all the animals who have lost their lives because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment, will you remember them? Remember them when you’re frustrated with your pet; remember them when someone says they don’t want their pet any longer. Remember them when you see an abandoned animal on the side of the road or wandering the streets. Remember!