Most families are heartbroken whenever they’re put in a situation that requires them to give up their dog. Dogs are members of our own family, after all, and we don’t want to lose them.
Sadly, though, not everyone sees their pets as thinking, feeling beings that can be hurt emotionally the way that humans can. One family surrendered their dog to a shelter after he got in some trouble—but what they did next was nearly unforgivable.
Desi, a longtime volunteer at the shelter, said that Zuzu’s owners told them the dog had fallen into deep depression and was frequently “crying” after the loss of her father. At one point, Zuzu jumped over the fence into the yard of their neighbors, who called Animal Control.
“She looked like the happiest dog. Yeah, she’s going home,” wrote Desi in a Facebook post. The owners even started petting Zuzu through the fence, so it was clear the dog belonged to them!
“Their reason was because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She wasn’t a happy dog anymore,” Desi explained. “Their solution for her unhappiness was just leaving her here. And [to] go get another dog.” (Desi didn’t know whether the family actually ended up getting another dog.)
One could only imagine how heartbroken and confused Zuzu must have been to be cast aside like that by her own family. She deserves so much better, and hopefully she’ll find a family soon that recognizes that.
Please visit Shelter Me’s website to see what you can do to help Zuzu and other dogs just like her, and share this story with your friends who love dogs below.