Dogs would never leave their humans and don’t understand how the people they love can leave them behind. Sadly, this is happening around the world due to the uncertain times we are facing due to the coronavirus.
Shelters around the country saw an increase in surrenders and intakes, but thankfully people stepped up to help foster. However, some shelters are still overwhelmed with abandoned pets due to people losing their jobs or out of fear. Dogs and cats are proven to reduce stress, so the last thing people should do is abandon them.
A man in Orlando, Florida, tied his brown and white pit bull to his neighbor’s tree in the middle of the night and left town. In the morning, the neighbor found the sweet pit bull with a muzzle on lying beside a handwritten note. The note read, “I am leaving to California to be with my mother and brother during this pandemic. Please take care of Lincoln or find him a good home. I trust you with my baby. I’m sorry.”
The neighbor was unable to keep the sweet boy, so she reached out to The Pittie Party of Central Florida (TPPCF). Mayson Jones, a volunteer at the rescue, picked up Lincoln and brought him back to her house.
In an attempt to distract the dog from looking for his owner, she played fetch with him in her backyard. Lincoln had a blast and sported the biggest smile. Due to the situation, the rescue needed someone to foster Lincoln until they figured out when they could legally adopt him out.
Melanie Anderson stepped up and offered to foster the mellow boy until a forever home was found. He is spending his days relaxing in the sun on a boat with his foster family.
The shelter would love for Lincoln to go to a family that owns their home and has a fenced in backyard. The affectionate dog loves to play fetch and gets along with other dogs, but not cats. Anyone interested in adopting Lincoln or fostering another dog can contact the rescue.
TPPCF is just one of the animal rescues in Florida that are in desperate need of fosters and adopters. “We are in crisis mode with the amount of people who have abandoned their dogs because of unemployment and the uncertainty of what is around the corner. Shelters are being forced to euthanize dogs at a devastating rate. Individuals are abandoning their dogs on the streets￼ after many shelters are denying intakes. WE ARE COMMITTED TO SAVING AS MANY OF THESE DOGS AS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP,” they posted on Facebook.
The rescue will provide foster families with everything they need to care for the dog and cover all expenses. They need your help. The rescue wrote, “There is no way we would ever be able to do what we do without the dedication and commitment from foster families. These individuals are the true heroes in rescue!”