Abandoned dog waits at shelter, but what he's waiting for upsets everyone

Sad looking dog at shelter dog-sad © AVSA refuge of Roquebrune-sur-Argens - Facebook

An animal shelter in France has shared a moving photo that reveals what a dog goes through when its owner abandons them. And it's truly heartbreaking.

By Zoë Monk

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When someone abandons a pet, how much thought do they give to how the dog will feel and what the animal's life will be like? Even if they don't give the dog a second thought after they walk away, the dog will certainly remember for a long time.

Moving photo

The AVSA refuge in Roquebrune-sur-Argens in France knows all too well what it's like for dogs after their owners have abandoned them. The animal shelter constantly takes in stray dogs and unwanted pets. They've shared an incredibly heartbreaking photo of one of its dogs recently abandoned by its owner.

The photo shows a very sad-looking pup standing by the front of the shelter's gate. The dog has been waiting patiently in that same spot since it was left at the shelter by its owner. 


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Posted by AVSA refuge de Roquebrune-sur-Argens on Thursday, June 9, 2022

Hopeful yet heartbroken

But what's really heartbreaking is when you realise what the dog is waiting for. 

The poor pup is waiting for his beloved human to return for him. But sadly, that isn't going to happen. The dog is so focused on waiting for his owner to come back for him that he refuses to have contact with staff, despite their best efforts to give him lots of affection. It's as if the dog is worried that if he moves from his spot, he might miss his owner coming back. 

We just hope that this lovely pup finds a new, loving home very soon.

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