Having to give up your beloved pet is always heartbreaking, but life circumstances can sometimes force people to do so. Caring for a pet can be expensive, and some people feel they no longer have the resources to do so.
Those were the words written on a note found attached to a dog – and now, one rescue is trying to help the dog and her family.
A handwritten message was found attached to a dog named Lilo at the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Tuesday.
She tried her best, but couldn’t get help, the note says: Lilo’s “mom” says she can no longer take care of her because she’s homeless and has two children: “She tried to take care of her, but couldn’t.”.
“I cost too much… She really loves me & I’m a great dog & love to be loved on,” the note continues. “Please don’t abuse me.”
Lilo was reportedly found by a good samaritan and brought to McKamey Animal Center, safe and unharmed.
I can’t help but feel sympathy for Lilo’s former owner, since it does seem like she loved her and only gave her up out of desperation.
The McKamey Animal Center was sympathetic, and in response wrote a “Note to Lilo’s Mom.”
Our sincere apologies for the decision you had to make to leave her behind. We know many people are struggling to care for their pets right now. “We understand how difficult it is for you to have to give up an animal you clearly loved because you cannot provide her with the care she needs.”
They were so sympathetic that they asked the woman to come forward, hoping to reunite her with Lilo.
Our team will do everything we can to help you take care of her. Lilo misses you terribly, and we want nothing more than for her to be reunited with her family. Regardless, please know that we understand, we won’t judge, and we’re here to assist in any way.
Meanwhile, they emphasized the dangers of abandoning a dog, and that it is illegal. Instead, they recommended that people with low incomes, including Lilo’s mom, take advantage of their low-income pet owner programs.
In spite of the fact that we understand why Lilo’s mom did what she did, we wish she had sought help from us first. A Facebook post from MAC states that the organization offers free and low-cost vaccines, microchips, spays, and neuters for pets as well as a community pet food pantry.
“ Our goal is to create an environment in Chattanooga where pets are truly family, not just a privilege for the wealthy,” they wrote.
Lilo’s family has been through a difficult time, but by offering to reunite her with her family, the McKamey Animal Center is doing the right thing.
The hope is that Lilo’s mother will be able to reunite with her, but if she is not, we hope that this poor dog will find another loving home soon.