It was Memorial Day, so the Harris County Animal Shelter was closed for the holiday. The day it reopened it doors on Tuesday, there was something very sad waiting for the employees. There was a crate sitting in the parking lot of the shelter and inside was a one year old dog who was very, very scared. The dog, whose name is Lee, had a thick coat of matted, dirty fur. The dog, a poodle, was soaked with urine and had heavy mats of fur, and he was extremely nervous. It was hard to blame him for feeling so unsure based on what had happened to the young dog.
However, the crate was not the only thing left with Lee. There was a handwritten note attached to his crate and it said the following:
“Can you please take care of my dog? He’s a great puppy, I just couldn’t afford to keep him. His name is Lee. He will listen, he will bark, and will not bite. Please don’t put him down I love him, but can’t afford to keep him. I haven’t shaved him yet, I apologize, but please care for him and find him a home. Thanks.”
Unfortunately, Lee was one of over 200 animals that were abandoned at the shelter that holiday weekend. The shelter, which can hold approximately 150 animals at one time was completely overcrowded. That meant that Lee and many other dogs were forced to be in a cage with three or four other dogs. Lee was terrified to begin with, and that experience was also tough for the dog. Lee began to adjust, and shelter staff knew it was important to give him some relief in the form of a much-needed haircut.
Lee is now in a foster home, where he is awaiting a new home. His foster family says he is an outgoing, spunky dog that loves to play—and loves people.