To each his own. To me my own.

The value of Unconditional Love

I’m so pissed off as I’m writing this that after I finish I may choose to not even post it at all. At the least this will be a raw and jump-all-over-the-place post. The question lingering in my head is, how can someone choose to abandon their animal? What god-given right do they think they have to consider these defenseless beings disposable?

In the small neighborhood where I live, we know each and every dog that ‘runs around’ (yes, there is a leash law but not really enforced) and know that each one indeed has a home. Three days ago, a white adult male Boxer showed up at the house next door. He will not leave the area, and has even made a huge bed of yard brush in the back yard of the house we think he was abandoned at. Our street is but a cul-desac consisting of four houses. The house two doors down was foreclosed on a few months ago, so the bank sent a contracted group of cleaners and yard personnel to get the house ‘ready’. It was approximately an hour after the hired personnel departed from their second visit out that the collared AB (abandoned boxer) showed up.

This is the closest shot I could get of him.

He appears to be a senior dog who’s non-aggressive, but he won’t come to anyone. I later gathered he is deaf since he didn’t pass my hearing test of several loud noises when he wandered in our front yard. Once he notices me by arm signalling, he always slowly turns around and walks back to his ‘house’. He will wander a short distance throughout the four homes on our cul-de-sac, but always returns to the spot where he was abandoned. It doesn’t take a damn rocket scientist to figure out what happened.

He’s waiting on his family to come back for him.

Yesterday I contacted the SPCA (humane society) who gave instructions to call the pound. I am not calling a kill shelter on this animal, it’s not his fault his family doesn’t want him anymore. Today I’ve spent hours attempting to reach boxer rescue organizations in the area. Though I’ve found a handful, half won’t consider a stray, another is full, most want to be contacted via email, and I’ve left messages with the two others. It appears that Sunday is not the optimal day to reach anyone.

I live in Gaston County on the North/South Carolina border – if anyone has any suggestions as to other contacts, I’d sure be open to them. Other than that I’ll just wait and hope I get a returned call back tomorrow at work.


11 responses

  1. That’s so sad.

    A coworker of mine is looking at houses. One foreclosed home that she looked at, the owners of the pet left their animal locked in the house. It died, probably from starvation. Some people….

    June 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    • Oh my gosh. I honestly don’t understand where a person’s mind could be at to do such a thing. 😦

      June 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

  2. Helen Reynolds

    Like you this makes me mad as Hell! I’ll NEVER understand people who can do this to an animal. I sure hope you can find someone to care for him. I have to say that Karma has the last laugh… the owners lost their home too and it couldn’t have happened to a better person!! Keep me posted please. ❤

    June 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    • It’s beyond my reasoning capabilities too, Helen. Incidentally we think the cleaners of the house and yard abandoned him, it wasn’t actually the original owners. The situation is looking bleak, we found out some neighbors called the pound twice on the day he showed up. They said the shelter has been backlogged so that’s the reason they haven’t got him yet. I’ve since been down to feed him and finally got him to come to me, he’s sweet and humble and likes to have his chest rubbed. He’s in bad shape, though – cuts and abrasions to his ears and his legs, and he shows signs of chronic hip dysplasia. For these reasons I’m told the rescue organizations won’t take him in. It seems to be a no-win situation. 😦

      June 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

  3. Helen Reynolds

    That is just too sad! My heart breaks for this sweet boy. If he needs up at the pound, I’m sure he’ll find a home. By him being a boxer, someone will grab him up. However I’m saying prayers for this sweet boy. ❤

    June 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  4. Very sad even if a shelter takes him in it still does not guarantee that he is saved 😦

    June 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    • Yes, unfortunately the shelter lessens the chance that he’ll be saved – that’s why I contacted the rescue places. I always adopt animals from the shelter, but do whatever I can to prevent them from going there. 😦

      June 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

  5. Poor little guy. 😦 How’s he doing now? Did you ever hear back from any of the places you called?

    June 19, 2012 at 4:45 am

    • Unfortunately I haven’t seen him for a week now. I can only assume the pound finally got around to the neighbor’s call and picked him up, especially since he got in a couple of fights with neighboring dogs. I’ve really lost faith in the majority of these rescue places – I never heard back from not even one. It’s a shame when they can’t even return a phone call or answer an email. 😦

      June 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

  6. I have known people to abandon their dog on the busy expressway. Quick death that way? How can people be so monstrous ? Imagine the terror the animal faces and most of all the betrayal. At the very least one could take the animal to be put to sleep in a merciful way.

    July 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    • That IS monstrous, Carl. I wish there were tougher laws in place for pet owners. It just breaks my heart.

      July 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

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