All across the United States, animal shelters are full to bursting. In the case of publicly funded shelters, they are often required to take in every animal that comes their way. While all shelters are required to hold animals for at least 72 hours in case owners come to reclaim them, many are so overcrowded that they will begin euthanizing soon after that.
So when Sidney, a 3-month-old female German shepherd, was heartlessly abandoned at the Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena, California, rescuers knew that she didn’t have much time. While it’s sad when all animals, regardless of age, are put down, to see a puppy that had just come into the world facing being put to sleep, it was just too sad.
What made things even worse is that the family who abandoned Sidney in April 2017 had no real reason to do so other than that they couldn’t be bothered to take care of her anymore. After being bought and taken into a family, then suddenly dumped, Sidney was incredibly sad.
ADOPTED – moved to SAFE Album on 04/24Little SYDNEY is adorable and only 3 months old. Please SHARE, she may need some help. Thanks!SIDNEY#A5051861 My name is SIDNEY and I'm an approximately 3 month old female German Shepherd. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 4/19. I will be available on 4/23. You can visit me at my temporary home at C224.http://www.petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=LACO1.A5051861Carson Shelter, Gardena, California216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California310.523.9566, M-TH 12pm – 7pm, F-SU – 10am – 5pm💚💚 INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? If you are in LA, OC, SB, or Riverside County and can foster this dog, please take a moment to email CarsonfosterS@gmail.com ASAP to request an application. It would save their life! 💚💚PHOTO TREAD https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/photos/a.172032662969376.1073741830.171850219654287/768210653351571/?type=3&theater
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In a video posted by Saving Carson Shelter Dogs, Sidney runs out to see her owners, who leave her behind as she cries and whimpers. The post emphasizes that if Sidney remained at the shelter for too long, she might not make it. “INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? […] it would save [her] life.”
The organization’s followers quickly got online to find people in the Southern California area who could take her in. Some people even wrote in from as far as Australia offering their homes to make sure Sidney got a second chance to live. As commenter Sheila Paul wrote: “Please open your heart and home to Sidney. Please save her she [doesn’t] have much time. Please don’t wait until it’s to[o] late. Please give her a loving home now.”
There was outrage too at the owners for getting the dog and then leaving it the moment they actually had to take care of it. As commenter Rae Bernadette Sawyer wrote, “It just isn’t right or acceptable for any pet owner to turn their back on their young pets, which results in hundreds of babies being killed, which is totally inhumane.”
Seeing this beautiful baby dog with such big ears and a beautiful coat in so much distress got people talking, and Sidney not only had an adoptive family lined up but five backup families on a list just in case the first one didn’t work out. Thanks to the attention that the post got, she was saved just five days after being surrendered at the shelter.
ADOPTED – moved to SAFE Album on 04/24#A5051861 My name is SIDNEY and I'm an approximately 3 month old female German…
While Sidney was lucky enough to find her forever home, there are so many others who don’t. Los Angeles area shelters have come a long way toward “no-kill” policies, as the Los Angeles Daily News reported that from 2012 to 2018, “the city’s total live/save rate increased from 57.7 percent to 87.2 percent and saved the lives of more than 227,000 animals.”
Unfortunately, the city defines “no kill” as a 90 percent survival rate at its shelters, so this still means thousands of perfectly healthy animals who are just waiting for a good home are being put down every year.
By supporting organizations like Saving Carson Shelter Animals, we can all make sure that every animal that needs a home finds one!