Adoption facilities are doing everything they can to care for abandoned pets. However, some people are relieved to see the dogs with their cherished family.
A Tennessee adoption facility tracked down the owner of an abandoned dog who had left a sorrowful letter claiming she couldn’t afford to care for her pet.
According to WCVB, Lilo was found wandering the streets of Chattanooga with a letter attached to her collar, and a kind stranger transported her to the McKamey Animal Center.
“My name is Lilo,” said the letter. Please be kind to me. My mother is unable to care for me and is homeless with two children. She tried her hardest but was unable to obtain assistance. I was too expensive for her. She adores me, and I’m a wonderful dog that enjoys being pampered. Please refrain from abusing me.”
Lilo’s tale was published on the McKamey Animal Center of Chattanooga’s Facebook page in the hopes of reuniting her with her family.
While they vowed to look after Lilo, they went above and beyond by making an offer to her owner.
“We want you to know she is safe, and we will do everything we can to take care of her,” the post says. “She will be adored by our staff and volunteers, her name will be kept, and we assure you that we will do all we can to find her a lovely new home.”
“However, if you’re reading this, we hope you’ll step forward to recover her. We will do everything we can to assist you in caring for her to the best of our abilities. Lilo certainly misses you, and we would give everything to see her reunited with her family. In any case, please know that we understand, will not pass judgment, and are here to assist in any way we can,” the post concluded.
“Please know that we understand, that we will not pass judgment, and that we are here to assist you in any way we can,” the message continues.
The post received over 6,000 replies, a thousand comments, and over 3000 shares.
Finally, with the help of the public, the family was reunited, and the shelter published a photo of the two of them, saying they would do everything they could to keep the family together.
“While we can’t share many information with you just yet, we are actively working with the family to provide them with a safe haven, shelter, and resources to help them stay together and combat homelessness,” shelter employees wrote.
The shelter expressed gratitude to everyone who assisted them and shared the post.
“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love,” the shelter’s employees remarked.
Social media users who followed Lilo’s tale were ecstatic by the adoption center’s efforts to help the family and its demonstration of “love and compassion.”
Many people who heard Lilo’s tale wanted to help her owner by supplying food for several months, while others wanted to assist her owner in caring for her children.
According to a 2018 survey, more than 28% of pet-owning households had difficulty receiving veterinary care, with cost being the most common barrier in most situations.
According to Arnold Arluke, a sociology professor who published Underdogs: Pets, People, and Poverty, 66 percent of pets who live with poor people have never gone to the vet.
Most veterinarians work in for-profit clinics. Profit margins have become increasingly important as the industry has consolidated, and veterinary care expenses have risen faster than inflation.
Checkups start at $50; dental cleanings range from $70 to $400; and diagnostic testing, such as blood work and x-rays, range from $80 to $250.
According to Talk Poverty, surgery for a dog can cost up to a thousand dollars if it breaks a limb or chokes on a piece of clothes.
Meanwhile, while adoption shelters are always available to care for abandoned dogs, they frequently exceed their capacity.
The website of McKamey Animal Center discussed strategies to assist adoption facilities in ensuring that our furry companions are well cared for.
Donate. Donations assist shelters in meeting the requirements of the animals, from food to crucial medical treatment.
Adopt. Adopting a pet from a shelter is preferable to purchasing a pet from a breeder. Adopting is less expensive than purchasing, and shelters can assist you in preparing before bringing home a new family member. Furthermore, adoption centers occasionally waive adoption expenses!
Your pets should be spayed or neutered. These procedures may be costly, but they will save you and the adoption centers money by preventing your dogs from having unexpected pups or kittens.
Foster. If you are unable to adopt, you can foster a pet for a limited time.
Volunteer. Shelters require volunteers to assist its personnel. If you adore animals but are unable to adopt or foster one, volunteering is a fantastic way to spend time with one.
Meanwhile, the McKamey Animal Center created a foundation in honor of Lilo and her family to prevent families from being separated from their cherished dogs.
The MAC Cares Funds, according to the shelter, will assist pet owners and their dogs in remaining together through difficult times by giving food, supplies, medical treatment, temporary boarding for animals, and even housing deposits.