Not only was Mama a dog who was neglected for her first years of life, after each of her three adoptions, she ended up back at the same high kill shelter from which she had been “saved.” This is not an indictment on Mama or her temperament, but rather an almost natural consequence of what happens when a shelter doesn’t screen adopters, requires no background check, no veterinarian check, no personal references, nothing.
Many, many dogs from this shelter are returned. But rather than label them as “Owner return,” because most of them are just dumped on the streets and arrive back at the shelter as strays, they retain that “stray” label. Even when the shelter calls the last adopter and is told they don’t want the dog back. The dog is still a “stray.” It “looks” better on paper. Heaven forbid the shelter might have to turn away an adopter because they are not suitable (because they returned five other dogs to the shelter or were, perhaps, convicted of animal cruelty).
Now Mama finds herself on the kill list because she has been at the shelter too long. She’s only four years old. And with her temperament, that’s a crime. Volunteers who have spent time with her say:
She has a squishy mouth to take treats with and is a gentle girl. She is super friendly and full of love. She has been in play group and is noted to be social, push and pull play style, takes correction, had another dog playing very rough with her, and she was fantastic, put up with a lot from him. SHE IS A TOTAL sweetheart!”
They want to see her in a home where she is appreciated, loved and kept safe — for the rest of her life. Even the best of dogs will get depressed when there is a cycle of being in a home and then being returned to the chaotic shelter. That has not happened to Mama, but now her fate may be to die unless someone comes to save her.
The volunteers also want to caution those who, in a fit of emotion, adopt dogs who are due to be killed to then try to find them homes. What often happens is that when the dog doesn’t immediately find a home, the adopter puts the dog in boarding or on Craigslist. So, unless you are a reputable rescue, or willing to foster for a reputable rescue, do not adopt her with the pie-in-the-sky idea that you will find her a great home. What if you can’t? Are you willing to keep her forever and give her a permanent home? Unless the answer is yes, you should not take her.
Please share Mama’s story. Often through social networking, a rescue group will see a dog that they can take. Please help Mama find a home, and love, for the rest of her life.
Mama is urgent — if her kennel is needed tomorrow, she will be killed anytime after 9:00 am. If you can save her, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 9:00 am tomorrow. You must include: Do Not Euth Rhea ID#A30068506 in the subject line. In the body of the email include your name and contact information. You must be willing to pick her up by 3:00 pm tomorrow.
There is more information about how to save Mama on her Facebook thread. Mama is ID#A30068506. There is more information on how to save her on her Facebook thread. She is located at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619. The phone number is 813-744-5660. The shelter is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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