Riley was adopted as an adorable six-week-old puppy. Almost exactly a year later, that same family took him back to the shelter and left him there without so much as a backward glance.
What happened in that year? How could any family not fall in love with a baby they raised almost from birth? Ironically, after puppyhood, dogs are easier to live with. They are done with puppy chewing and house training. They are civilized and ready to just be family members. Yet for some irresponsible, heartless people (this family?), that’s when they are no longer cute and adorable. Did they visit another part of the shelter looking for another puppy to adopt?
Riley is a Lab mix and he is already neutered. He is healthy and ready to be adopted. His ears are back in his picture and he looks sad. It’s probably the first time since he can remember that he’s been away from his family. He must be heartbroken. The shelter is crowded, and Riley is very sad to be in a cage. He needs a loving home — with a family who will love him forever, not just for 365 days. Riley is a very handsome dog, and he’s small for a Lab mix.
Please share his story. Please tell anyone you know who is looking for a puppy that it’s a lifetime commitment, not just a temporary fix while the dog is puppy-cute. Older dogs have just as much to offer as puppies. They are calm, easily trained, gentle, and extra-appreciative of a home. Riley is still practically a puppy at only 12 months old.
Riley is ID#A1623690 at Miami Dade Animal Services, 7401 NW 74th St., Miami. The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Their phone number is (305) 884-1101. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Fostering saves lives – if you can provide a temporary home for Riley while the search continues for his forever home, you will be a hero. For more information on the Foster Program at MDAS, please email email@example.com or call (305) 418-7149. Out-of-area adopters: For transportation please call Sabret from Total Trust Transport at (305) 494-5536. See more on Riley’s Facebook thread.
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