One animal rescue worker has recently made headlines thanks to her immediate response online, in the form of a open letter on Facebook with regards to one dog who had been abandoned. The dog was Banjo, and he even ate sticks for a whole week to barely get by and fight hunger – all while waiting for his owner to fetch him home once more. But no one ever came, and Banjo almost starved himself to death by doing so.
Brooke Rapozo, who is also a staff member at the Kings SPCA Rescue centre in California, was greatly angered upon seeing the poor dog suffer. Thus, she had took it upon herself to address his former owner directly, and the post has over 1.2 million shares ever since she had written it.
The letter was as follows:
“Dear The Callous POS owner of this dog, today we noticed a couple of emails from people that had noticed your dog that had been abandoned. We decided to drive over, and see if we could help. Sure enough, there he was. He hadn’t left the place you made him stay. He was being a good dog. He stayed close to the last place he saw his favorite person in the world. He thought you were coming back. He was watching every car that would come down the road hoping it was you coming back for him. Your dog has been freezing, hungry, and scared for days because you are a heartless piece of crap. He waited for you. He was so hungry that he was eating sticks. Nice people had stopped to drop off food, but he was still so hungry and confused. But even with food sitting in front of him, he knew he had to wait for you to come back. He waited for you.
He isn’t a bad dog. He is a very good dog. You were a bad friend. You abandoned someone that would give his life for you. Someone who would lick the tears off your cheeks, and the leftover food from your plate when you were done eating,” Brooke wrote.
“He won’t be waiting for you anymore. He howled the whole car ride to our shelter. He howled the most painful howl I have ever heard. It was the sound of his heart breaking. He desperately tried to get back to the spot that you left him. He frantically checked every window then watched out the back window as we drove away. His howls lasted until he came to the driver seat and howled at me. As I reached over to pet his head he looked at me so confused and laid his head on my lap and whined as we pulled up to the shelter,” the letter ends.
SPCA Halfway Home staff presumed that poor Banjo had been cruelly and heartlessly abandoned, not a stray as he never budged from the same spot – as if he was waiting for his owner to return. Adoption offers to take Banjo in have increased ten fold after the poor canine’s story went viral. While Banjo recovers and adjusts emotionally, animal rescue staff would continue to review applications so Banjo would permanently be in a loving forever home.
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