A German shepherd mix, who escaped from her backyard and was brought to the Downey Animal Care Shelter in California will have a wonderful new life; the shelter named her Zuzu after the little girl in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
When brought into the shelter, the staff believed Zuzu was a stray – that is until the two-year-old rushed to the fence of the shelter’s play yard when she spotted her “family.” At that moment the people began to talk to her and petted the top of the pup’s head through the fence.
“With her fast wagging tail seeing her owners, Zuzu lit up like a Christmas tree. She looked like the happiest dog. Yea, she’s going home! But no! Talking to her owners, they told me they were not here to reclaim her; they were getting another dog,” posted volunteer Desi Lara on Facebook as she videoed the heart wrenching scene.
The family no longer wanted Zuzu – she was just too sad.
“Zuzu’s father, another German shepherd had just passed away and Zuzu was crying and heartbroken. She escaped her family’s yard and hopped the wall and got into her neighbor’s yard. The unhappy neighbor called Animal Control, and her owners were going to let her stay there. Their reason? Because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She was not a happy dog anymore.”
When animal advocate. Sal Valdepena reached out to the Pet Rescue Report to help Zuzu find a new home, it didn’t take long before her story went viral. And although there has been much criticism against the shelter, it is important to remember the dog came in as a stray. It has not been verified if the family adopted another dog. Because of sharing Zuzu’s plight, she will be leaving Friday to an approved California rescue, Pet Adoption Fund, where she will receive all the love and attention she may have missed.
(Photos of Zuzu via Facebook)
[Source Story: Pet Rescue Report ]