Today's Dog Case
At Walter Rescue, Justin gets about a call a day, generally from someone who wants us to take their cat or dog in for foster and adoption.
Today's call, however, was a different case. A woman from West Baltimore called - her dog was dying. He was 11 years old, and there was blood in his urine, and it was time. She, however, had no way to get to the Maryland SPCA to have him put down - and they had to get there before 4 p.m. She had no transportation, and she said "I just don't want to put him outside, or in a dumpster, or next to a dumpster."
It was past noon. Given our limited amount of volunteers, we decided the best course of action was to arrange for Metro Sedan to pick up the woman and dog, take them to the SPCA and have the dog have a peaceful ending. That's exactly what happened. It wasn't a cheap endeavor for us, but we felt that it truly meets Walter Rescue's purpose in providing emergency assistance.
The woman called to thank me a few minutes ago, and said she'd remember the dog and us in her prayers. I'd ask you to think of her and her dog as well, and feel fortunate if you have the ability to be with your pet during his or her last moments. Making the decision to euthanize a pet is never easy, and I can only imagine how much worse it would be if you feel you had no place to turn.
P.S. A big thank-you to Metro Sedan for agreeing to take the dog to the SPCA, which many cab companies would have refused to do.