As of 2014, between 6 and 8 million companion animals are abandoned every year, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Of the animals that are abandoned at shelters each year, between 3 and 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized rather than re-adopted into new homes. The demand for shelter animals is much lower than the number of animals surrendered or abandoned yearly, necessitating that millions of animals are either euthanized or left to live out their lives in no-kill shelters. Fact: Senior dogs have the highest risk for abandonment, euthanasia, and the lowest adoption appeal. (thisdogslife.com)
Recently, I interviewed Hazel (9 y/o Pittie) and asked "Tell me the five best things that have ever happened to you?" Without licking her lips or coaxing with a treat she howled:
#1: The day my parent tied me to a tree in South Austin and walked away.
#2: The day that a kind lady named Melissa brought me water, untied me and we drove off.
#3: Living at Happy Trails Board/Groom in Georgetown with my foster mom Louise & staff family.
#4: Recovering from Heartworms and feeling healthy again.
#5: 'Working' for treats with my LGCR personal trainer Shandra
That's amazing Hazel! Is there anything else you want to share with our viewers before checking into your Ranch apartment tomorrow? Yes, I'm not coming. I'm staying right here because my foster mom is now my forever mom. My new name is Hazel Anderson. I am loved and will never, ever leave her side.