Imagine living in a cold, lonely cage for 66 days of your life. Hundreds of potential adopters passing you by, but not one showing any interest. They give you a passing smile and may even stop for the occasional pet, but then they continue walking.
That was life for Austin at the Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena, California. Austin arrived at the shelter on March 12 and would spend the next two months waiting for his forever home.
When Austin first arrived at the shelter he was timid, confused and overwhelmed.
Like so many other pit bulls, Austin was overlooked time and time again at the shelter.
Each year, over 1.2 million dogs are euthanized – almost 40 percent of which are pit bulls. They are the most common breed found in shelters and are far more likely to be euthanized than adopted. Why? Blame it on overpopulation and breed-specific laws (where certain areas ban the ownership of pit bulls).
Luckily, the staff and volunteers at the Carson Animal Shelter didn’t give up on Austin. They visited with him and made sure he knew he wasn’t forgotten. But despite all their efforts, Austin remained at the shelter.
Until one day, it was finally time for Austin to go to his forever home!
On Austin’s last day in the shelter, he was so shocked to be leaving, he could hardly walk.
Thankfully, Austin was able to find his forever home, but other shelter dogs are not as lucky.
There are so many amazing pups like Austin in animal shelters all over the world. If you are looking to bring home a new family member, make sure to visit your local shelter!