The question often comes up when shelter workers are talking amongst themselves: “Why do some people get a dog, if they aren’t going to bother taking care of it properly?”
It’s a common question with no easy answer. Yet, it’s a question that begs to be addressed by anyone who thinks of themselves as a responsible pet owner. If more people did then, maybe, you’d have fewer dogs like Henry languishing within the concrete and wire kennels of local shelters.
He originally came to Pound Buddies last August as a stray. Why he was a stray and why nobody came to claim him is a mystery. He’s a handsome boy, a sheltie mix, with beautiful coloration throughout his fur.
Yet, there he stayed for weeks until Heidi Yates, Director of Muskegon Humane Society, came looking for adoptable dogs to fill a couple of empty kennels at their shelter. She saw Henry and noted the look of hope, desperation and yearning in his eyes. The look that is so common among shelter animals. The look that pulls at the heart of every shelter and rescue worker.
The look that says, “Please notice me. Please take me away from here.”
As she continued her walk through Pound Buddies’ shelter, images of Henry floated through her mind. By the time she was ready to leave, she’d decided that Henry, even though he’s a senior at ten-plus years and not an ideal candidate for adoption, would be leaving, too.
Andrea, one of Heidi’s employees and who accompanied Heidi on the trip, remembered the ride back to Muskegon Humane’s shelter with Henry. “One whiff of his breath nearly immobilized me”, she said. “We knew there was something pretty bad going on in there.”
They got him to the shelter’s vet for evaluation and quickly got him started on antibiotics to treat the intestinal infection. However, they also discovered that Henry has an untreatable heart problem. He has a heart murmur that registers between 3 and 4 on a scale of 1 – 5.
A senior dog with a heart problem means there are two big strikes against Henry and his hopes for a new home.
Yet despite the odds being stacked against him, the staff at Muskegon Humane believes there is someone out there who would be blessed to have Henry in their life.
He is an incredibly friendly and affectionate boy. He is gentle and undemanding, and has no problems with kids, cats or other dogs. He is housetrained and crate-trained. He simply wants to be where he can love and be loved.
Henry would make a wonderful companion to an older person, or couple, who live a quiet lifestyle. He doesn’t require, nor should he have, vigorous exercise. He’s very good on a leash, so an occasional stroll would suit him just fine.
Henry doesn’t have too many years left, so he’s not a long-term commitment. What Henry does have, though, is an endless well of love and devotion that he wants to share with someone who’ll allow him the dignity of living out his days in a home where he is loved and cared about.
A home far different than the one from which he was abandoned and discarded after ten years of dedication.
Somewhere there is someone you know, or is known by you, or is known by someone known by you that would benefit from the comfort and companionship that Henry would provide. All it takes is a few clicks of the mouse, networking Henry’s story, to help make those dreams come true.
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