Bear, a 12-year-old chow chow/golden retriever mix, arrived at the shelter on June 2 after animal control picked her up from her home in Baltimore. The shelter noted that she “stayed by [the owner’s] side for at least three days with no food, no water, no potty breaks – just quietly mourning at her beloved owner’s side.”
For days following her transfer to the shelter, Bear rested quietly in her kennel, confused about her situation, unfamiliar with her new environment, and heartbroken over the loss of the person she loved most in the world.
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter posted a plea for help to find Bear a home, and it quickly circulated various social media outlets. The story went viral on Facebook last week, inspiring one woman to take action and adopt the lovable old dog.
More than 100 billion global searches are conducted each month and many of them are related to animals and pet adoptions.
Across the United States, approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters every year. Sadly, 1.2 million are euthanized annually.
Like Bear’s new owner, approximately 40% of pet owners learn about an adoption opportunity by word of mouth. Social media and adoption websites are giving so many animals a second chance at happiness.
Animal-lovers in the Baltimore area can find out about adoption opportunities through the BARCS website. There are countless dogs and cats just waiting for a home in which they will be loved and cared for.