As the director of the Wetzel County Dog Shelter I would like to share a letter I came across. It captures the plight of dogs we see at the shelter daily. I made a few changes, but the points are the same.
You got tired of me. My collar was dirty and too small when I arrived at the shelter. Would I still be at home if I didn't get so big? I thought you knew I would grow. Would I still be at home if the new baby didn't take so much time? I would help you raise the baby and teach them responsibility if you would have let me. I hope you don't get rid of them when they get "too big".
Would I still have a home if I had not chewed your shoes? I did not know it was wrong, but the leather smells good! I did not know. . . I just wanted to play. You forgot to buy me puppy toys and show me what I was allowed to chew on.
Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? You rubbed my nose in my failures. You did not buy a crate or take me out and praise me when I went outside. I didn't understand. Why didn't you buy books or ask someone for help in training me.
Would I still be at home if I had not brought fleas into the house? Without flea medicine, I could not get them off. You left me in the yard for several days, that's how I got them.
Would I still be at home if I had not barked? I just wanted to say, "I'm scared, I'm alone, I'm here, I wanted to be your best friend."
Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? You hit me, why did you not learn how to make me obedient? Would I still be at home if you would have moved somewhere that allowed pets? I really wanted to move to the new home with you. Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to take care for me? You could not be bothered with me since the first few weeks or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me. The shelter is so full. There is no more room and there are more dogs coming in. My time is up. I drew an unlucky number. I died today.
I was your puppy, I loved you with all my heart. -Your Dog.
Wetzel County Animal Shelter Director