ANIMALS

Dog Gets Depressed After Being Abandoned By Family Until Staff Member Did The Right Thing

Date December 11, 2018

With several pets facing abandonment by their owners, authorities try their best to make sure these innocent creatures get the life they deserve.

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Dog Gets Depressed After Being Abandoned By Family Until Staff Member Did The Right Thing

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They rescue them into animal shelters, take care of them, and try to find them the perfect home. However, not every case is successful and some of these pets have to remain in shelters.

In the US, it is estimated that 6.5 million animals are put into shelters each year, with 3.3 million being dogs and 3.2 million, cats. Of that, 1.5 million animals are euthanized, an estimated 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats.

Thankfully, 3.2 million animals are adopted and 710,000 who strayed are returned to their owners.

Poor Wall-E

Wall-E was a young puppy adopted from the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in 2015. On meeting his new family, he immediately fell in love with them.

He was a very good dog, which was why in September 2018, Wall-E couldn't understand why all his belongings were bundled up and dropped off with him at the same animal shelter he thought he had left behind. More so, why was his owner crying?

You see, Wall-E's family could no longer give him the life he deserved. Jordan Bader, who runs the Facebook page for MCACC’s dog adoption, told The Dodo that the dog’s family no longer had time for him.

Wall-E realized he was once again on his own, abandoned. He soon became defensive and depressed, barking all day in his kennel.

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Hence, driving away potential families. For two months, Wall-E remained this way but Bader knew there was a sweet dog somewhere behind the aggressive front he put up. He then thought of a bright idea!

Bader decided to write Wall-E's story on their Facebook page and the response was massive, far beyond Bader's expectations.

Lynn Lee saw the post and ran to the shelter taking her own dog along for the ride. The two animals immediately hit it off. The next day, Wall-E was on his way to his new home. He is currently enjoying being loved again, returning the feeling tenfold to his new mom and sibling!

Dealing with a depressed dog

Dogs sometimes get depressed, just like humans, and they need your help getting back on their paws.

How do you recognize a depressed dog? They show symptoms such as;

1. Excessive sleeping;

2. Little or no interest in walks;

3. Little appetite.

Dog Gets Depressed After Being Abandoned By Family Until Staff Member Did The Right Thing

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Here's how you can help;

1. Spend more time with your dog. Go on walks to new places.

2. Give them new toys and treats. Keep the element of surprise alive.

3. Music! Though there are mixed opinions about this, it can't hurt to try!

Depression happens to everyone at some point including our pets. Thanks to Jordan Barber for taking a step beyond duty to help Wall-E out of his. 

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