Can You Spare a Dollar?
I usually won't post topics like this, because there are too many of them. They happen every day at animal control. But I decided to post this, one, to try and help this dog because for some reason it especially touched me, and two, to discuss why these things happen SO MUCH. This is from a Humane Society Actionline. Maybe you or someone you know can help:
"A Clarksville family thinks this is appropriate living conditions for their 5-year-old dog, who they adopted from a Humane Society on the east coast as a small puppy. When he got "too big," he was chained up outside and replaced by a little Pomeranian that gets to live indoors. Dollar is desperate for grooming, training and TLC... but our very limited foster resources just don't allow for this type of commitment. :( We have only 48 hrs. from the date of this email to come up with a game plan, or Dollar will be taken to the county shelter and more than likely be euthanized.
"Dollar weighs about 80 lbs. We're guessing he is a Bernese Mountain Dog mix. He is very friendly & personable,but having been chained since at least 2005,he jumps up and is very excitable, which is surely his desperation to be able to run,play and be free. He is not neutered, not current on vaccinations and has not been kept current on heartworm or flea prevention either.
If you or someone you know would like to invest in a different future for Dollar, please reply to this email ASAP. Thank you.
The Humane Society's e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I said, there are hundreds of "Dollars" out in our community. HE is such a beautiful dog. He looks like he has some shepherd (maybe Australian?)in him as well. I keep thinking of the life he should have had, that of a loved family member with proper vet care, play, love and appreciation. Not the life at the end of a chain.
Why don't people THINK before they get a dog? How big it's going to be? Why don't people bother to neuter or train or give vet care to their pets? Why do they even want a pet, only to chain it in the yard?
All Dollar needs is a trip to the vet and groomer and ATTENTION and love. Big dogs are harder to find Foster homes for as well, says the Humane Society. They could help so many more if more families who are able would offer temporary care for bigger dogs.
We can't help them all, but maybe someone can help Dollar and give him a wonderful life, instead of an end at the county shelter and the city dump.
posted by Sandy at 7/27/2007 03:41:00 PM