This time of year is hard on animal shelters. As the holidays approach, many families decide–sometimes a bit impetuously–to pick up a new dog. Yet the day-to-day of owning pets isn’t as easy as they imagine, and many of those animals end up back at the shelter when the cute and cuddly phase wears off.
Consider Wall-E, the six-year-old lab mix. The dog was adopted from a shelter in Maricopa Country, Arizona when he was three.
He was recently brought back to the shelter and dropped off by the same family who had adopted him.
The circumstances behind the return aren’t public. All that has been said, really, is that the family had a hard time making the decision and that Wall-E needed a home where owners could spend more time with him.
His previous owners were supposedly sad to have dropped him off, and had a hard time making the decision and blah blah… don’t blame them… boo whooo.
But it was the dog that suffered. The shelter was an intimidating place after Wall-E had lived in relative isolation with one family for so long. And at 6-years-old, he wasn’t attracting much attention from those visiting the shelter.
“This guy deserves a forever family who won’t give up on him. Please don’t bash his previous owners though. We don’t know the whole story.”
“What we do know is the owner was heartbroken and crying. It was hard to finally help them leave. The staff was crying with the owners. We don’t believe this decision was taken lightly.”
Jordan Bader, who runs the Facebook page for the adoptable dogs of MCACC, spoke to reporters about Wall-E. “He was surrendered by his family because they did not have enough time for him. He was very scared. In his kennel, he would bark and bark.”
“Despite his family packing all of his toys and bed, Wall-E was not able to have these with him in his kennel and he quickly became withdrawn.”
“Because of his kennel presence and evaluations he was passed up by many people. [But] with volunteers he was very sweet and playful and loved doing zoomies.”
Wall-E ended up staying in the shelter for two months. That’s when Jordan used some guerrilla marketing to get his story out to a wider audience.
“We knew this picture would be heartbreaking and would get a lot of attention, but we had no idea it would blow up like it did. We had so many people interested in him.”
Lynn Lee saw the post. She took her dog to the shelter and the two of them bonded with Wall-E, who had found a new home.