Paralyzed Dog Left Outside Shelter with Desperate Note

Workers at the Tampa Bay Humane Society were surprised and saddened to show up at the shelter on Tuesday morning and find a dog in a crate left on their doorstep. The most heartbreaking part? The paralyzed dog came with a desperate note from her owner:

“Please help my Genie. Genie (her name) is paralyzed from I believe her hips to her hind legs. I tried to manage her pain with medication from her vet but they only ease her pain and she needs surgery. I cannot afford so I ask that the Animal Health Center heal her and find her a loving forever home. Thank you.”

The shelter posted the note, along with an image of Genie, on their Facebook page just after 7am Eastern time. They promised to do their best to make Genie well again, to help her emotionally  and to find her a new home.

Some commenters wondered why the owner hadn’t approached the shelter for help in person, so the dog would not have be separated from a seemingly caring home. It’s unclear if the shelter would have offered help had they done so, but thankfully shelter staff is willing to tend to Genie any way they can right now.


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  1. cindi scholefield

    She obviously made a huge and painful sacrifice. I think she was right. The shelter would probably have refused to help and not taken Genie from her. She gambled. Genie won. Bless them both.

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  2. Nadine brundage

    So sad this had to happen, people love their pets but may not be able to afford to care for them. They become desperate and have to do what’s best for the poor dog. Hope the shelter can help.

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