Homeless pets flood animal shelters each year by the millions, yet a majority of dog owners still buy their furry friends from breeders. This lucky German shepherd broke those statistics after being taken from the Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena, California, to a loving home.
Over 6.5 million animals enter shelters each year, and of those 6.5 million, 3.3 million are dogs, per ASPCA. Approximately 38 percent of dog owners purchase their companions from breeders despite the tremendous quantity of homeless, unloved pups currently living in animal shelters.
An animal’s living conditions while staying at a shelter can be described as austere at best—they have a bed, food, and water. While walking through the shelter, a mere glimpse of a dog’s kennel can shatter an animal lover’s heart. As you approach the cage, the dog’s gaze is filled with pain and they may even be emaciated due to a previous owner’s neglect—the shelter’s limited resources are often unable to address malnutrition adequately. The floor’s littered with feces and urine—an inescapable outcome of not being given enough time outdoors.
However, a trip to the animal shelter is not always a somber experience—sometimes people come intending to bring joy into the lives of these neglected animals.
An adorable German shepherd was dumped at one of these dismal shelters by a family that once loved him. As a result, it’s believed he thinks that he did something wrong to deserve such miserable punishment by reading his body language—this German shepherd was unable to look any human in the eye, and he wears his broken heart on his sleeve. The pain is written all over his face.
On this particular day, a loving family stepped into the Carson Animal Shelter and knew they had to bring him home the moment they laid eyes on him. They wanted to give this pup a new home where he’d be able to frolic amongst the horses, goats, chickens, and make friends with the family’s other dogs.
A video of what takes place was uploaded to the Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook page, an organization that emphasizes they are not a shelter, but rather, an organization that promotes the saving of animals from high-kill shelters.
This German shepherd, now named Maverick, is seen timidly stepping out onto the pavement. After finally being released, his new family slid a brand-new collar around his neck and began walking him to their car.
Still believing he did something wrong, Maverick nervously looks around while his new owners shower him with love—with each step towards freedom, one can see Maverick’s anxiety melt away and transform into excitement. By the time he jumps into the back of the vehicle, Maverick lets out a smile.
It’s heartening to know that Maverick is now in a loving forever home, thanks to the kind individuals who are now his owners—and he’s been given another go at life.
Click below to see Maverick’s freedom walk!
Photo Credit: Facebook Video Screenshot | Saving Carson Shelter Dogs.
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