While taking our dogs for a walk last Saturday,in the pouring rain, we came across 3 stray dogs. They were all super friendly and so happy to see us. All 3 looked like they had been through Hell and back, all had grey old faces and 1 could barely walk. 2 of them had collars on but no tags. so Kevin carried the one without the collar and walked the other 2 back to our house. We couldn't just leave them out there,they needed help. We brought them back to our house and by then it stopped raining. Since we have 2 territorial dogs they couldn't just come in the house with us. So one by one Kevin brought them in,bathed them in nice warm water and then put them in a room with food and water away from our animals. We all gave them lots of love. K said they were just her size.The dogs were filthy. I never knew this much filth could exist on a being. The one that was limping was missing teeth and the ones she had were broken. That's when we realized these dogs were neglected and/or abused. That made our hearts break. We think either the dogs escaped their horrible situation or their owners just dumped them. No matter what..it's just sad.
We knew we couldn't keep them..2 dogs,2 cats 1 rat and 2 kids is a lot for us to handle. It wouldn't be fair to any of them to add more on to that..or at least that's what I keep telling myself. I called the few no kill shelters we have and they were all full.There was no place left to bring these guys except for the SPCA. So we had to bring them there. The workers there wee really nice and kept thanking us. We asked them to keep the 3 of them together,at least until they are adopted b/c it was obvious they had always been together. I felt ok when we were dropping them off and felt like I was doing the right thing but then when they took them away tears welled up in my eyes. I was afraid we did the wrong thing. I don't know..what else could we have done? Anything? Should we have kept them longer and tried to find owners for them ourselves? We really had no way to keep them but should I have found a way? I feel like I let them down. What if the SPCA decides they are not adoptable and puts them down?! ughhhhhhh. This is so hard.
Anyways,here's the poor souls that I wish we could have kept and nurtured until their last days. Pics taken after their baths:
What do you guys think? Did we do enough? Did we make the wrong choice? Should we have done more?