This is Jaripo. Jaripo was taken to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter by his owner. The shelter staff was told that Jaripo had a terminal illness and should be euthanized. Before the shelter staff ended Jaripo’s life, they decided to share his story on social media. Social media can be a great way to get the word out about an issue.
In Ventura County, California, the founder of Paw Works, Christina Morgan saw the post. She hopped in her car and drove to the high-kill shelter to meet Jaripo, an 18-year-old Pomeranian.
Morgan took Jaripo to the vet who found that he was in some pain in his hips (not surprising at 18 years of age) and that he needed some dental work done.
There was no evidence – at all – of a terminal illness. Why would someone surrender a dog and lie about why? Did they just not want to care for the elderly dog anymore? How cruel.
Some people have no sense of family or responsibility. Dogs are living creatures. If you bring one into your home, you are agreeing to care for it.
You can’t just drop it off at a shelter when it is old and gray. But, obviously, this happens far too often. In Jaripo’s case, it turned out to be a very good thing!
Jaripo is living the life in a foster home. He will live out his days in the lap of luxury getting all the love and attention he deserves!