At barely just a year old, Ocho is getting quite the lesson in his young life, as his life hangs in the balance. The German shepherd pup involuntarily traded in the creature comforts of a stable home, for life at the high-kill Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) facility. The shelter, which is often at high capacity, is grappling with overcrowding. Couple that with limited resources and not enough pedestrian traffic to meet demand means they are forced to put down dogs every day who can not be adopted.
What makes Ocho’s case particularly more precarious is that he is sick. According to an anonymous shelter source who spoke exclusively with Fido4ever, his illness is one-hundred percent treatable, and it is tantamount to a cold or mild flu. In plainer terms, It is not a chronic illness by any means.
A volunteer-run Facebook advocacy page for the MDAS known as Urgent Dogs of Miami wrote a post about Ocho saying:
“BEYOND URGENT!! This poor angel is just a year old and look at what a few weeks at the shelter has done to him This is the sad reality of shelter life. Even the healthiest dogs will eventually become sick Ocho CANNOT stay there any longer. He needs rescue ASAP.”
Shelter staff at MDAS, who normally move sick dogs to the back and schedule them to be euthanized, made an exception for Ocho because he is so young. Ocho, who has been at the shelter since mid-September, has been given a few more days to find a home before the inevitable happens, but we can change that.
If you or someone you know is interested in finding this precious pup the forever home he rightfully deserves, please call the Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101, and reference the shelter ID #A1818051. Additionally, please share this story on Facebook or Twitter so we are closer to finding Ocho a home. We have done it before and can certainly do it again.
[Source Story: Fido4ever ]