Can a shelter kill a dog because he has a cold? He can if he’s taking up a kennel in their isolation ward — where there are few kennels and lots of dogs filling them.
Fenmore is a two-year-old bulldog mix. He is very friendly and sweet. He’s heartworm negative and ready to go home with anyone who wants to adopt him and provide a good, loving home. The volunteers just love him. But he will die unless someone will offer to host him in their home for less than two weeks. Just two weeks with Fenmore will save his life. How is that, you might ask? Well, read on.
Fenmore is on death row because he has the equivalent of a doggy cold. Because of that, he is in the isolation room at Hillsborough County Animal Shelter. And because the isolation room kennels are always filled, he will be killed as soon as his kennel is needed. He desperately needs a short-term foster, just ten days, to save his life.
Of course, better still would be a rescue willing to pull Fenmore or someone who loves this happy-go-lucky guy and wants to adopt him. But without any of that, without even just a short foster, he will die. He has been signed off to be killed as soon as tomorrow.
If you can foster Fenmore, you must follow these instructions:
“YOU MUST EMAIL email@example.com BY 9AM TOMORROW MORNING (7-27) and please CC firstname.lastname@example.org!!! Please make the subject DO NOT EUTH and include his name, Fenmore, ID number (A28521902), and your contact info. HE MUST BE PICKED UP BY 3PM TOMORROW (7-27)! PLEASE, do not email unless you are serious and will pick him up tomorrow! Thank you!”
Please find more information on how to save Fenmore on his Facebook thread. Fenmore’s ID number is A28521902. He is at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619 Their phone number is: 813-744-5660, and they are open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
And please share his story. Without a foster or adopter, Fenmore will be killed. No matter how much the volunteers love him. And on that note, please notice that this shelter doesn’t sugar-coat what happens to the dogs. No hiding the fact that many dogs die. No hiding the fact that not all dogs are saved. This is how change is enacted — by sharing the truth and forcing people to acknowledge that animals are dying while people are allowing dogs and cats to breed unchecked. By allowing people to adopt puppies and then return them as senior dogs because they are “too old.” Often those same heartless people turn around and go to adopt a puppy. And the shelter lets them. There needs to be change. But first, more shelters need to admit the truth and be honest. Like the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter and its volunteers.
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