Pinky is a terrified tiny dog that was abandoned in her carrier at the front doors of Sacramento SPCA. The note attached to Pinky’s carrier was heartbreaking even to SPCA staff members because no animal should have to leave its family or die because of a misunderstanding.
The latest update on Pinky provided by SPCA on August 19 includes a video of Pinky slowly coming out of her shell and interacting with staff members. Since being abandoned on August 15 by her family, the little dog has gone through a lot, as her family’s heartbreaking note reads:
“Hi, my name is Pinky. My family tried really hard to get rid of my fleas but couldn’t, and I’m suffering. They didn’t have any way to get help because they don’t have any money. They loved me so much that they decided to take me to a non-kill shelter to get the help I need. I brought all my stuff for my new family. Thank you for your help.”
According to SPCA staff, Pinky was terrified when she was found, and SPCA staff members were heartbroken because SPCA is NOT a no-kill shelter. and there would have been help out there for the family to afford some kind of flea treatment:
“This is heartbreaking for all parties involved. We wish we had an opportunity to speak with the owners to see what they had tried and if we could offer them another solution. If you or someone you know is having an issue with a pet, whether it be behavioral or medical, please share this resource with them so we can try to keep pets home with their families: www.keepyourpet.com.”
There is a reason why a dog or any other pet comes into someone’s life. And other than death, there should be no reason why that special bond is being destroyed.
Sacramento SPCA, like many animal shelters, are dedicated to animals and people, but when little dogs like Pinky are so terrified after having been abandoned by their family, their future is uncertain.
“Due to her being abandoned, she is being held a stray period. We have treated the fleas with Advantage. She is very terrified and we will work on helping her come out of her shell during this stray hold. If we’re able to get her comfortable enough for adoption, we will place her up for adoption through us. If she is having a harder time, we have many options available including foster care or contacting local rescue groups.”
Keeping Pinky’s story in the news means keeping her alive. Too many pets are being killed because shelters get overcrowded, do not have enough foster families, or because pets are being “red tagged” — meaning they were adopted once but then returned.
As SPCA clarifies, “Sacramento SPCA is NOT a no-kill shelter. People need to be aware of this to prevent misunderstandings and regrets. People may consider other options more thoroughly if they knew that their pet may be killed if a new family isn’t found.”