Elmsford, New York – The Pet Pardons organization released an urgent bulletin Thursday asking the public for their help in finding a home for Baby, a nine-year-old male Labrador Retriever who has spent his entire life being shuffled and bounced from shelter to shelter, never once knowing the comfort and warmth that a loving owner can bring.
Baby truly is the face of just how depressing, lonely and heart breaking the life of an animal in shelter care can be. Sleeping alone each night in a small confining kennel, the amplified barks of hundreds of other dogs constantly ringing in your ears and absolutely no freedom to step outside and run free like a dog is meant to do.
Most interaction with any person is done through metal cage bars and is quick and brief, aside from the times when someone stops for a minute or two with sad eyes asking you “how on earth did you end up here,” and then moves along to the next cage. This is what Baby has to look forward to each day, and has lived for over 3,300 days of his life.
Members of the Pet Pardons community are given daily Facebook bulletins and updates, allowing them to share the stories of pets in need or even take direct action to adopt or donate money to save the life of the pet. The reasons for how these animals end up in shelters are as numerous as the reasons why there are so many dedicated volunteers working hard every day to save innocent lives.
The Pet Pardons Facebook application has been responsible for the successful adoption of over 10,000 pets since its launch in December of 2010 and has amassed over 360,000 followers on Facebook who are ready to help advocate for an animal in need at a moment’s notice.
Pet Pardons allows its members to help pets by clicking the “Advocate” button on each pet’s profile, which places the pet’s bulletin on the user’s wall, allowing others to see the pet and advocate for it. As the number of shares increases, so do the chances of the pet being viewed by someone who can help or adopt.
There are numerous challenges that shelters face each and every day in adopting out senior dogs like Baby, because when placed beside younger, healthier and more energetic adoptees, senior dogs often get ignored and overlooked. In the case of Baby, another more taboo and surprising factor could be in play because of the colour of his fur.
An adoption bias called “Black Dog Syndrome” is a phenomenon that is well known to shelter workers and rescue organizations across the nation. Black dogs are much more difficult to find homes for because of cultural, historical and emotional biases towards the colour black. Regardless of all the hurdles and obstacles in front of Baby, he is hopeful that one day soon the face that comes to his cage and says “how on earth did you end up in here,” will also be the face that says “you’re coming home with me.”
Pet Pardons educates the public about pet overpopulation, focusing on the importance of adoption and spay/neuter. By shining a light on the reality for shelter pets, people are becoming aware of the problem, and therefore, getting involved in the solution. As each amazing pet is featured, users are able to see their faces, connect with their stories, and advocate to save their lives.
Pet and animal advocacy can sometimes be a very emotional process. Volunteers place animals into the Pet Pardons application in hopes that they will be adopted into loving homes, not so that the shelters will be targeted and harassed. Please help the pets by not engaging in this type of behavior, as it hurts them far more than it helps them.
If you are interested in learning more about Baby or you would like to adopt him, please click right here to go straight to his Pet Pardons profile.
If you are interested in joining the Pet Pardons community on Facebook, you can do so by clicking here, because the next shelter pet given a second chance at life could be the one that you save today.
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