This 15-Year-Old Dog Was Abandoned By Her Own Family For A Younger Pup Because Of Her Old Age. How Devastating!
It is unfortunate how some pets are dumped at shelters by their owners, and there is nothing they can do about it.
According to ASPCA, In the United States, approximately 6.5 million pets are taken into shelters each year.
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Thankfully, about 3.2 million are adopted, and approximately 710,000, which were strays, are returned to their homes.
Unfortunately, some of these pets can't be saved, and 1.5 million of them are euthanized each year. How terrible.
Cookie is a 15-year-old Cocker Spaniel who was found alongside another dog, a Labrador retriever, wandering the city.
The San Bernardino City Shelter took both dogs in and spread the word, looking for their owners.
A while after, Cookie's family was found, they came to the shelter to claim the two dogs.
However, the family took one look at Cookie and decided they didn't want her anymore because of her age.
They left with the younger Labrador, abandoning Cookie. Immediately, watching her family go, Cookie started crying.
This is a dog who had given the better part of her years to this family, and at her old age, when she needed them the most, she was left all alone.
The workers at the shelter couldn't bear to see Cookie like that. She was depressed.
They immediately got to work and began to find someone to show her the love she deserved in her old age.
However, Cookie wasn't up for adoption due to her health condition, but she was placed in a permanent foster care home.
She is currently receiving all the love and attention she deserves. Thanks to those who were willing to foster an older dog, Cookie is happy again.
Why adopt an older dog?
Right now, you might be thinking ‘An older dog? Why not a cute pup?’ Well here are reasons why an older dog may suit you best:
1. Loyalty: An older dog can sense you have saved it when others wouldn't and so can remain loyal to you forever;
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2. An older dog doesn't require you to train or teach it how to do many things;
3. You won't have a little pup running around chewing on everything.
Despite their age and health, all pets deserve all the love they can get. We should try to be there for these poor pets who can't do much themselves as they are counting on you, especially the older ones.