She was given up by her family recently because of financial hardship: foreclosure and job loss. Currently, she is being fostered by the woman who is fostering Abby’s feline companions from the same household.
I cannot imagine what emotions must go into making the decision where the best you can do for your beloved pets is to give them up. These are often “family members” who have been part of the family unit for many years. How terrible this must be for the decision maker? And what must it be like for the pet?
Especially hard for me are the stories of those whose family was so desperate that they turned their pet in to a shelter believing that this was the best solution. In so many cases, this is a death sentence for the animal (you can read some of the reasons animals are killed in shelters here). So it becomes ever more important that we, as a community of pet lovers, step up to help out before a family member is destroyed simply because of family hardship. It’s just not their fault and they should not pay the ultimate cost of it.
That said, today I received the following email and I want to share it with you.
ABBY is a sweet ole gal of about 12 years old. She has short hair and she is a Terrier/Shepherd mix. She is a very sweet little female, and a very loving and wonderful companion. Abby weighs around 38 lbs. and has clean brown/black fur.
Abby’s people lost their home due to foreclosure and loss of jobs. They had to give up Abby and her 3 cat companions. Abby has been moved around a lot during the last couple months. She is very sweet and loving, but is confused about what is going on. Abby has been to the vet, is negative on heartworms and is spayed and had a dental cleaning. She is current on all shots and even had a complete blood panel which was excellent.
She spent her first night in her new and wonderful foster home last night. In bed with them! She is feeling better today and will gain confidence every day as we search for her forever home.
Please step up and adopt this sweet baby. If you cannot adopt her right now, please share her story with your friends and family because I know there is a place for her.
Breed: Terrier/Shepherd Mix
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description: Hi, my name is Abby. My people had our home foreclosed out from under us. My Dad lost his job and we all had to go live somewhere else. I’ve lived several places now and I don’t understand really why. I am a very sweet doggie and only want to make my people who will adopt me happy. I’m a great companion. Can you please help contribute to my expenses so I will have a better chance of being adopted? Please contact my helper below if you can spare a few bucks for me or you are interested in learning more about me. Woof Woof!!
Contact: Melba Tarlton
UPDATE: I received word late this evening (Sept. 16, 2011) that Abby will be losing her foster home very soon. Her foster’s apartment complex has a 2-pet limit and Abby is #3. We are urgently seeking a new foster, or better yet, a forever home for Abby. Please help… adopt, foster or share her story to all your friends and family.