Ignored for so long and years of neglect,
I still always gave you my love and respect,
Then one night you could look at me no more,
You walked over to me as I lay on the floor,
And scooped me up go to on a ride into the night,
I felt confused, and weak, and trembled in fright.
You put me and into a cage with a lock and left,
I was alone and frightened, breathing deep in my chest,
You left only a note where you had written my name,
I wonder if you felt an ounce of shame?
When light came in the morning I was found by the good,
They bathed me and loved me, and gave me some food.
Maybe you’ll see this and even shed a tear,
But I don’t need your pity and I don’t need your tears,
The bad years are behind me now and I suffered so long,
But my life will be good now and I will sing my song,
My voice will be heard and my tale will be told,
And I do have a bright future – even though I am old.
I don’t understand what some people are capable of doing to their dogs and I refuse to understand it. Allowing your dog – who was once your best friend – to reach to this point of neglect and then dumping him like garbage when he’s old sickens me so much there are no words to express it.
But fortunately the world has its way to balance some things and there are still so many kind and loving people willing to step in. Those are the ones that matter in these stories.
This senior dog was dumped at an overnight emergency drop of cage at Southeast Volusia Humane Society at the beginning of November. He had a note with him with his name and his age, no more. His name is Max and he’s 15 years old. How did someone allow him to get to this point is still unknown but he was completely emaciated, neglected, not properly fed or taken care of.
The staff at the shelter got him tested hoping he would still be able to be saved and made all sort of arrangements for his comfort. Luckily, his blood tests were good and he showed no signs of heartworm. Since he had some skin condition, he needed some medicine and some special food but he would survive.
Ten days later he had a foster home, proper care and a lot of love. His foster human, Jared McKenney, is making sure Max is healing properly and on his way to become a healthy and happy dog.
Twenty days have passed since he was abandoned and so far, he has improved so much: his skin is getting better, his hair is growing back, he’s gaining weight and his spirit has woken up again. Jared takes him out to dinner, for long walks and to get fresh air. He’s making friends at the park and gaining admirers willing to help him out.
Even though at first he seemed confused inside the house and he’s still showing signs of depression, he’s slowly settling in and enjoying the comfort of a real home – even if it’s a temporary one. Jared will be able to care for him while he heals, but Max is still looking for his forever home. Senior dogs deserve the best possible home. They spend their lives loving us and now it’s their time to be loved.
If you are willing to provide Max a home for the last years of his life, contact the Southeast Volusia Humane Society and inquire about adoption conditions. If you want to help Max even though you can’t be his forever home, you can also donate here. If the funding goal is exceeded, the rest of the money will go to other dogs in need. You can also visit his Facebook page and share his story or check for updates on his case.