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Dog Who Was Surrendered For Being “Depressed” Watches As Family Picks Out A New Dog

Update: After a transfer to another rescue, Zuzu found her forever home! Pet Adoption Fund Rescue was able to match Zuzu with her perfect family! Congratulations!

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Posted by Pet Adoption Fund on Monday, February 27, 2017

This story is sure to make your blood boil.

Zuzu, as she’s been re-named, was abandoned when she needed love the most. She used to live with her human family along with her father, a German Shepherd. Unfortunately, he recently passed away. Poor Zuzu, who’s about two years old, became very depressed and cried incessantly. When she jumped the fence and ended up in a neighbor’s yard, they called animal control and she was brought to Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control Downey.

Image Source: Shelter Me


According to a Facebook post from yesterday,  Zuzu’s family came to the shelter. Her eyes lit up and her tail began to wag. She thought they had come to pick her up and she was going to go home…

…but she wasn’t. The post reads, “Talking to her owners they told me they were not here to reclaim her, they were getting another dog.”

Read the full post here:

Doing Dog Intros we got inurrupted by a distracted and overly excited Zuzu.

With her fast wagging tail seeing her owners Zuzu lite up like a Christmas Tree. She looked like the happiest dog. Yeah, she’s going home.

But No. Talking to her owners they told me they were not here to reclaim her, they were getting another dog.

Zuzu’s father another GSD had just passed away and Zuzu was crying and heartbroken. She escaped her family’s yard and hopped the wall and got into her neighbors yard. The unhappy neighbor called Animal control and she ended up here.

And her owners were going to let her stay here.

Their reason was because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She wasn’t a happy dog anymore.
Their solutions for her unhappiness was just leaving her here! And go get another dog.

Glad she’s here now. That’s not love for her.

She was re-named Zuzu! After the daughter in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Why, because we are going to post, tag and share her and give her a New life. A wonderful life!

Notes: She’s good with dogs and kids.

We adore her. Her Shelter Me Profile will be up soon.

Let’s give her a Wonderful Life! Let’s get her into the perfect home please.

Zuzu #A5014556

Currently being cared for by Shelter Staff and Volunteers @ Downey Animal Care and Control
11258 Garfield Ave, Downey, CA 90242

Image Source: Shelter Me


The shelter later confirmed that the family did not end up adopting another dog during that visit – which we were glad to hear. We hate that Zuzu had to go through this ordeal, but we know that, in the end, it’s for the better.


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Written by Karen Tietjen
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