In my tenure at the Humane Society I have seen a lot of pets surrendered to the shelter and their reaction to being placed here can vary. Some of them, especially the puppies, get excited about their new environment and the other dogs.
The pets that have been in a home for quite a while and felt that this was their forever home, can be quite sad about losing this home. But the day that Gretta’s family brought her into the shelter will forever be etched in my memory.
I don’t think I have ever seen a dog more devastated about being surrendered to the shelter. Her humans brought this little doxie/Chihuahua mix into the shelter one rainy day and kind of matter of factly said that they were moving and couldn’t take her.
Gretta’s reaction brought tears to my eyes. At first she looked confused and frightened. She couldn’t understand what she had done that was so bad that it would cause her to lose her home. With the realization that she was indeed losing her home, this young dog hung her head. She looked totally devastated.
Over time, Gretta has gotten more used to the shelter, but on can tell by looking at her that she is still extremely sad. She never seems to quit looking for her humans. As people walk by and she realizes that they are just other strangers who will say “hi” and just keep walking, Gretta sinks into depression again.
Her feelings are very transparent. There is no mistaking that Gretta is hoping hat her humans will come back and get her. Maybe it was just a temporary thing and she can go home again….
Gretta loves to go for walks and would be a wonderful companion. At just two and a half years old, she has a lot of affection to give someone who would give her a chance to love again.
As time goes on, she seems to realize that her humans are not coming for her. So now she is turning her attention on visitors who stop by her cage, hoping that her new human is coming to give her a real forever home.
SPCHS Shelter at 330 Second St. NE, Long Beach, WA 98631 (P.O. Box 101) 642-1180. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Website: www.beachpets.com Be sure to follow us on Facebook, too!