Employees of the Humane Society of North Texas arrived at work one morning and someone was waiting for them. It was a young dog who had been tied to a post near the building’s entrance with a rope. The dog looked scared and tired. There was no note and she wasn’t even wearing a collar, all she had was a rope tied around her neck about six times. She was so sad, but the moment the employees got out of their cars and approached her, she came to life. First, she started to smile. Then, her tail began to wag and the closer they got, the more excited she became. She just seemed so happy to see them, and relieved to no longer be there by herself.
The staff named her Betsy and brought her inside to have a veterinarian examine her right away. The vet determined she was just two years old and had recently given birth to a litter of puppies. She also had a bacterial skin infection on her back. She was pretty dirty and itchy, too. The staff then reviewed the security camera footage and determined that Betsy was indeed dumped at their facility in the middle of the night. That means she was sitting there and waiting for someone to find her for several hours. The shelter is considered a safe haven, which means animals can be dropped there without consequences for the person who gives their pet up. However, staff was sad she was abandoned that way—but they said she is such a sweet, affectionate dog.
Regardless, it is better to have a dog dumped at a shelter rather than in a field or the side of the road. Being at the shelter means Betsy has a chance at a new life. Betsy spent a few weeks at the shelter, getting medicated baths for her skin, some antibiotics, and plenty of cuddles. Then, she was adopted! She now has a loving home with her new owner.