All those involved in animal rescue have heard the reasons people decide to give up their pets. “We’re moving, we got a divorce, we have a new baby, I lost my job, the dog got too big, the cat doesn’t like me anymore, allergies.” The list goes on.
Some people actually try to find a new home before dropping a pet at a shelter, others don’t, and the reality is that not every pet that finds his or her way into the shelter system ends up finding a new home. HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) estimate 6-8 million pets enter shelters every year and 3-4 million are euthanized.
That’s why the heart-wrenching story from Kirkland, Washington — that actually found a happy ending — is a pleasure to report. A child of divorce attempts to save the family dog, Mr. B, from an uncertain fate at a pound.
On his way to work last Thursday, the dog was found by Paul Wu as he attempted to pull out of his driveway. The dog wouldn’t leave so Wu got out of his car and went up to the little fellow. Noticing a red bone around his neck with the word “open” written on it, Wu found the following note:
“Please take care of Mr. B. (or find him a new home?) He is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Six years old. My parents got divorced and Mr. B was supposed to go to the pound. I think he has a better chance with you. This is my birthday money for any of his care. He is used to kids, not other dogs. He’s a good boy. I know God will take care of Mr. B – Everyone loves him…especially me. Thank you.”
What would you do in a situation like this? I guess we never really know for sure until something happens that makes you question your humanity. But Wu took the little Cavalier Spaniel into work with him in an attempt to find him a new home.
Wu’s co-worker, Robert Kuchcinski, was immediately touched by the story and decided to do something. “I’d hate to be a kid making that choice,” said Kuchcinski, who is married with three children of his own. “It didn’t seem right that it would go to the pound,” reports King5.com.
Kuchcinski took Mr. B to a veterinarian for a health check before bringing him home. The vet found a bit of dry skin and some plugged ears but otherwise reported Mr. B is in good health. The dog was neither micro chipped nor wore identification tags. Watch a video of Mr. B in his new home.
The mystery may never be solved of how Mr. B came to arrive at Wu’s house. Thanks to King5 News for reporting Mr. B’s outcome. Now, whoever took the chance on the kindness of strangers over a shelter system in need of repair will know their beloved dog is safe and sound with a new family.
Take a look at some photos of Mr. B.
Photo from meerbabykat via flickr creative commons