Even if the owner has a valid reason, it’s always distressing when pets are surrendered to shelters by their owners. When a dog is unexpectedly left in unfamiliar settings, it may be a sad and frightening experience. That was the case for one dog, who wept when he was dropped off at the shelter, but he’s now in excellent care and getting plenty of affection.
The owner of Blue Bear, an 11-year-old mastiff, surrendered him to Trenton Animals Rock last month. The owner’s condition was described as “complex” and not something that could be resolved with money, according to the shelter. They didn’t say much about the man’s personal predicament, save that he couldn’t care for his pet any more and wanted to give Blue Bear to them.
There are numerous valid reasons for a person to give up their pet, such as financial or health concerns. But it doesn’t make it any easier for Blue Bear, who was left sad after being abruptly taken from his sole home and family.
“It was incredibly awful,” Trenton Animals Rock director Danielle Gletow told The Dodo.
“He’d go over to the door and sit in front of it weeping every time he had,” she added. “When he turned around, he had tears streaming down his cheeks. I’m not exaggerating when I say I was in tears.”
They decided Blue Bear couldn’t spend the night in the shelter after seeing how unhappy he was, so they put out an emergency request to find him a foster home. They posted a photo of him sitting unhappily at the door on Facebook, adding that he was “desperately in need of a loving home tonight.”
Blue Bear was elderly and arthritic, in addition to being heartbroken: “The shelter is a difficult place for any dog, but it is tragic for a 130 pound dog that recently lost their sole owner,” they said.
Fortunately, Blue Bear didn’t have to spend the night at the shelter since a local foster volunteer called Madison took him in.
Things are starting to look brighter for Blue Bear now that he’s settled into his snug new foster home. Vets gave him a clean bill of health, according to the shelter.
While being adopted into a loving foster family helped to ease the pain of being abandoned, Blue Bear is now seeking for his forever home.
Trenton Animals Rock noted, “Blue Bear is beautiful.” “We’ve all voted and made our decisions.” He’s a 100-pound bundle of love, devotion, and happiness. He’s 11 years old, but the doctors think he still has a few years left in him. He’s dog-friendly, housebroken, and a fantastic leash walker. We’d want to find him a home for the rest of his life.”
What a lovely dog. It’s difficult to think of everything Blue Bear has been through, but we’re delighted he’s in a great forever home and hope he’ll be adopted soon!