By Deborah Durbin, Marketing Coordinator
There are countless reasons why people surrender their pets to adoption centers like SICSA. Divorce, financial situations, or a parent entering a nursing home can sometimes force families to search for a new home for their pet. This is certainly a hard decision and can bring with it many tears. Recently, a young man who was living out of his car was forced to make the tough decision to bring his two dogs to SICSA. This is not the first time SICSA has taken in pets from homelessness, but each time is difficult for everyone involved.
The young man recently lost his mother after a long illness and relocated to Dayton from out of state. His living situation changed and he was trying to save money for a new place. He was working during the day, and leaving the dogs in a friend’s garage while he was gone. With the winter temperatures dropping, he soon realized it wasn’t right to keep the dogs while he couldn’t properly care for them. He had the dogs since he was in high school and thought he would be able to take care of them through this challenging time. The dogs were a connection to his mother, but he couldn’t see them cold and homeless with him any longer.
The man brought the dogs to SICSA knowing he could trust us to find them a loving home. He’s hopeful that if he gets back on his feet and in a stable position before they’re adopted, he may be able to adopt them back. He told us which dog was afraid of thunder and loud noises, told us all about their personalities, and had tears in his eyes when he left. As our veterinary assistant walked the dogs back into the kennel, the dogs watched him walk out the doors. It was a heartbreaking moment, but a selfless act nonetheless.
SICSA will find the dogs a great home; he can be assured of it. We get to know and love each and every one of the animals that come through our doors, no matter their circumstances. There will be another 1,500 pets that will come through our doors just this year. Our annual membership drive helps not only homeless pets in the Miami Valley, but the people who choose to love them. The support from our community is crucial to our success. If you have become a member, thank you. If you haven’t, we hope you consider becoming a member today; a furry life depends on it.
Basic membership also includes a one-year subscription to the Stray Thoughts newsletter and member-exclusive window cling. Please visit www.sicsa.org/membership to view the other membership programs we have available, and the benefits of each. Thank you!