As soon as Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, reopened its doors Tuesday after being closed for Memorial Day the shelter workers were met with a sad surprise.
A terrified 12-month-old poodle called Lee was abandoned crate in the shelter’s parking lot, matted in a heavy coat of dirty fur.
“Lee was matted and covered in urine when he arrived, he was very unsure and nervous,” Kerry McKeel, the shelter’s media specialist, explains.
There was a heartfelt note attached to the crate from Lee’s owner, scribbled on a piece of notebook paper. It read:
“Can you please take care of my dog? He’s a great puppy, I just couldn’t afford to keep him. His name is Lee. He will listen, he will bark, and will not bite. Please don’t put him down I love him, but can’t afford to keep him. I haven’t shaved him yet, I apologize, but please care for him and find him a home. Thanks.”
Lee is just one of over 200 animals abandoned at the Harris County Shelter around Memorial Day weekend.
The shelter is designed to hold 150 dogs and cats and was already stretched to its limits when Lee arrived so as of Tuesday there were over 375 animals in need of homes.
Cages meant for one or two animals were now holding three to four at a time and the little poodle was far from prepared for such an environment.
McKeel believes that financial hardships caused by Hurricane Harvey may be to blame which prompted so many owners to surrender their pets.
Owners may feel forced to give up their beloved animal when faced with certain issues but the shelter offers spay and neuter vouchers and low-cost services for food, fencing, medical and other needs.
“We certainly understand financial hardship, but if there is some small way that we can help keep pets with their people, we want to do that,” Harris County Animal Shelter wrote on Facebook. “Before making that decision to give up a pet, talk to us about your circumstance to determine if we can link you with a resource.”
Lee has finally started to adjust to his new life after a few days at the shelter and is getting the care he needs.
Now he looks like a completely different confident dog where his true personality is shining through.
“Lee is an affectionate, very smart and spunky pup, he knows how to sit and play fetch. He certainly went from bow to wow,” McKeel said.
McKeel has started fostering him and everyone at the shelter is doing their best to help Lee.
“He is such a good pup. Very playful, I also learned this morning that he really enjoys a Puppuccino! We did a Starbucks run,” said McKeel.
It’s only a matter of time before Lee goes to his loving forever home as two adoptive families are interested.
Lee’s story gives hope for better futures to the many other animals in need of care at the Harris County Animal Shelter.
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