Tammy Graves from North Carolina is part of an animal protection organization that works to rescue dogs from the pound. During her last visit, she saw a dog at the kennel that broke her heart. She posted a photo with the following message on the organization's Facebook page:
"This is what happens when people bring their dogs to a shelter and leave them. This guy yesterday morning woke up happy on a couch or in a warm bed, waiting to be fed, hopped in the car thinking he was going to the park or if it was a bad day he was going to the Vet. Instead he went to a place where there are 275 dogs barking to be freed, it smells like death, and doors are banging shut all the time."
"Animals walk by and never return. And he has no idea his fate. All he knows is he didn't ask to be here. He didn't even ask to be born to irresponsible owners. But today he lays frozen in fear, in a puddle of his own urine. Afraid to move, afraid to make eye contact, thinking just maybe he can fade away into this wall. Because if he does no one will see him and just maybe he can escape whatever fate waits for him. This is the reality of irresponsible pet ownership and the shelter system. This is not a shelter issue, this is not a rescue issue. This is irresponsible pet ownership."
Tammy's Facebook post was shared more that 100,000 times and hundreds of people offered to adopt the terrified black Lab named June "Cash." Thankfully, this dog found its way out of the pound and into a loving home, but there are many other stories like this out there.
June "Cash" is slowly regaining his confidence and trust in people. He's found a home with animal lovers that surely won't abandon him — as it should always be.