Delilah is the latest victim of severe neglect to come through our doors at Associated Humane Societies Popcorn Park. This little angel was found abandoned on the side of a rural road, just sitting and trembling in the cold. It is likely that someone left her there, and we have to wonder if she was deserted because her owner let her get overgrown and matted, and they just didn't want to deal with her anymore.
We see that far too often. People see that adorable little shih tzu, or poodle, or other small breed puppy in the puppy store and just have to have them. As they grow up and it becomes obvious that they require grooming, many people do not realize what that entails nor do they realize that there is an expense involved, so their adorable puppy becomes a matted moppet that is now a nuisance to them. Many are turned in to animal shelters, given away, and the cruelest thing that some do is just abandoned them in the middle of nowhere. All one needs to do is look at pictures of puppy mill dogs to realize what their adorable puppy could look like if not properly cared for. What a wonderful world it would be if the puppy mills did not exist, and people took responsibility for the care of their pets ....
Delilah was so happy to be safe and in good hands and once she was checked out by our veterinarian, she was whisked off for a long, much needed spa day. Delilah was a perfect angel for her grooming. It is not often that you find a dog in this condition that actually enjoys being groomed, but Delilah truly appreciated having the dirt, twigs, and horrid mats removed from her tiny body. Her nails had grown into circles and the pads on her feet were covered in dirty mats. When she was all done, she let out a sigh of relief and her tail began wagging once again. Delilah is about 7 years old, and we have to wonder how long this little lady suffered like this.
Thanks to our Res-Q Fund, we are able to take in animals in desperate need of help, such as Delilah, and transform them back into the beautiful pets that they are. We are able to give them hope and a chance at a fresh start in life. You can help - please make a donation to our Res-Q Fund
For more information on Delilah, call AHS at 609-693-1900 or e-mail us.