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Pepsi: red tape and wasted life

Information:

Name: Pepsi

Gender: F

Breed: x German shepherd

Age: d-o-b: April 2011

Size: big (25kg, 55cm)

Others: dewormed, vaccinated

Story:
Two years ago Pepsi was found on the street. The person that found her thought she was doing the right thing by going to the police.
It was discovered that Pepsi had a chip. The chip was registered on the name of a person but this person could not be found anymore, she did not live under the address indicated and her telephone was disconnected.
Nevertheless the police initiated a court case for abandonment of the dog.
The person that found Pepsi brought her to the shelter but we were informed that we were not allowed to give her for adoption until the court case has been concluded. It was indicated that it could take up to a year. Why do you need a year to come to a conclusion that the person disappeared…. ?
We waited patiently for one year. As did Pepsi, day by day in the shelter, day by day seeing other dogs finding new homes while she was not allowed.
One year passed and we got impatient. The person that found her on the street sent numerous letters to the court asking for a progress and if Pepsi could be given for adoption. None of those letters was answered. She visited the court many times but no one could give her any answer apart from that she had to wait (and informally that the files were laying on the same shelf).
Two years passed. After two years the justice system finally came to the conclusion that the ex owner of Pepsi could not be identified and Pepsi could be given for adoption.
Two years. Two years during which the justice system did a great injustice for Pepsi. Let’s be honest: the procedures created to counteract abandonment and mistreatment of pets were not created with a pet welfare in mind. On the contrary, the statistics have to look good, but the welfare of animals is of no importance. Nowhere in those statistics the proceedings in course are translated into a dog stuck for two years in a kennel. Noone knows that. But it has to be said.
Two years is a lot from the life of a dog. Their lives are not so long. Pepsi lost two years. It is a lot. She is an older dog now. A dog of the age that has difficulty finding a home. Maybe now she will spend the rest of her life in the shelter after all.
It is revolting. How worthless is the life of a dog in the eyes of those that should have some empathy.

Pepsi is a lovely dog. She deserves much better. She is gentle, friendly and obedient. She loves people. She is super friendly with other dogs. She is good on the leash. This is so unfair.

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Feliz: just imagine what she feels, look into her eyes

Information:

Name: Feliz

Gender: F

d-o-b: 10 April 2015

Size: small (9kg, 35cm)

Others: Vaccinated, dewormed, sterilised

Story:
Feliz was found on the street, together with her siblings, in 2015, when they were just tiny puppies. They brought to our shelter and quickly adopted. Feliz was adopted when she was 2 months old, she was in the shelter just for a few days. Five years later she was brought back. Her owners moved to another house and they did not take their dogs with. (Feliz and her companion, Anita, also adopted from us).
In fact the man sent a very light email saying: we are moving to another place, we cannot take the dogs, you know any place we could leave them? As if it was the most normal thing. For him it certainly was.
When we said he could bring them back to the shelter he was there very quickly. He brought the books of vaccinations which proved that the dogs have not seen a vet since they left the shelter, they were never again vaccinated.
Anita and Feliz were never members of this family.
How do you explain to the poor dog after 5 years of having a home what is happening?
Feliz is a lovely and gentle dog. She is so sweet that you cannot imagine. Sweet, cuddly, gentle, affectionate. She is good with other dogs. She walks well on the leash. She is used to living in a home. We feel for her. It is heart breaking that she is back in the shelter and that she was obviously never loved. She deserves much better.

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Anita

Adopted!

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