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Speechless: Shelter takes charge of dog let down and abandoned by its owner

Two pictures of Hunter the abandoned dog © Houston Humane Society โ€“ Facebook

The Houston Humane Society witnesses many tragedies in the course of their work, but workers are not immune to heartbreak. Learn about Hunter: abandoned by his family.

By Nick Whittle, 13 Nov 2019

When Hunter was delivered to the HHS in the summer of this year, workers fell in love with him. Hunter was special. A loving, trusting dog, his gentle ways endeared him to everyone who met him.

Through no fault of his own Hunter was abandoned by the family he had known for six years.

The reason given by his original family brought words of condemnation from the shelter. In a Facebook post beneath a video of Hunter a spokesperson wrote:

Hunter was surrendered to the shelter yesterday because…ready for it? He didn’t get along with their new puppy. Just when I think the human race couldn’t disappoint me anymore.”

Dawning realisation

The Border Collie soon realised that his family would not return. He was afraid to move and would curl up in the corner of his kennel.

Ever wonder what a broken heart looks like?,” the kennel staff wrote on Facebook. “Well there you have it.”

In time, the dog instead tried to seek solace from shelter staff. They afforded him all the cuddles they could muster, but they knew the shelter was no place for him.

 

Hunter has a forever family! We posted a video so you all can meet them! https://www.facebook.com/78299858970/posts/10156450752778971/ UPDATE: Thank you so much to everyone for sharing Hunter's story. At this time, we have a few wonderful applications in for him. As you can imagine, it has been an overwhelming few days for this sweet boy. We are working on scheduling meet and greets to find the best fit for him. We'll give another update over the next few days. One of our volunteers shared this heartbreaking video of Hunter today. He could use some help finding a new family! “Ever wonder what a broken heart looks like? Well there you have it. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ‘†๐ŸผHunter was surrendered to the shelter yesterday because...ready for it? He didn’t get along with their new puppy. Just when I think the human race couldn’t disappoint me anymore. I found him in the corner of his kennel, too afraid to move. Sometimes I have to stop walking dogs, and sit on the cold floor (the same cold floor these pups sit on) to give them some comfort that’s it’s not as scary as they think. If you’re interested in adopting sweet Hunter, then head to the @houstonhumane and be this guy’s hero. #adoptdontshop #adopthunter #houstonhumanesociety”

Posted by Houston Humane Society on Friday, August 3, 2018


Monica Schmidt, staff member at Houston Humane Society, said, “His original family said he’s not good with young children or small dogs, although he seems more scared of them than mean. He’s definitely people-oriented, as you saw yesterday and he loves hugs and attention.”

Re-homing

Now the race is on to find Hunter a new home, one in which he will find love and affection.

In a recent update to Hunter’s story, the Society wrote, “Thank you so much to everyone for sharing Hunter's story. At this time, we have a few wonderful applications in for him.

"As you can imagine, it has been an overwhelming few days for this sweet boy. We are working on scheduling meet and greets to find the best fit for him.

And sure enough, within just a few days, beautiful Hunter was noticed by the BEST family. He joined his new owners, along with his new Border Collie mix sister in his new home shortly thereafter. We couldn't be more relieved!

 

We have exciting news! Our sweet Hunter has found his forever family! Thank you to everyone that took the time to share his story. And thank you especially to Larry, David, and Dolly for opening their hearts and home to Hunter.

Posted by Houston Humane Society on Wednesday, August 8, 2018