"We will help you with whatever you need to care for her, to the best of our ability. Lilo definitely misses you," the shelter wrote on Facebook in a plea to find its owner.
A Tennessee shelter has reunited an owner with her beloved dog. It all started when Lilo, the dog, was left with a note from her owner saying that she couldn't afford to keep the dog any longer. In a McKamey Animal Center (MAC) Facebook post, according to PEOPLE, from January 24, Lilo was spotted wandering about Chattanooga with a note attached to her collar by a friendly person, who took the dog to the shelter. "Please keep my name. My name is Lilo," read the note, which also included a photo of Lilo. "Please love me. My mom can't keep me and is homeless with 2 kids. She tried her best but can't get help. I cost too much for her."
The note continued, adding, "She really loves me, and I'm a great dog and love to be loved on. Please don't abuse me." The Facebook post was written in response to Lilo's mom hoping that she would come and fetch her. "We want you to know she is safe, and we will take the very best care of her. She will be loved by our staff and volunteers, we will keep her name, and we promise you we will do our best to find her a wonderful new home. But if you are reading this, we hope you will come forward to reclaim her," the shelter wrote. "We will help you with whatever you need to care for her, to the best of our ability. Lilo definitely misses you, and we would like nothing more than to see her go back to the family she loves. Either way, please know that we understand, we will not judge, and we are here to help in any way we can," the post added.
It wasn't too long ago when the shelter updated its viewers by telling them that Lilo's mom had been found. A Facebook post dated January 25 shows a sweet image of Lilo and her mom in a warm embrace. "While we can't share a lot of the details with you yet, we are actively working with the family to set them up with a safe haven, shelter, and resources to stay together and tackle homelessness. We are thankful for everyone who has advocated for the family and shared our post. We are amazed at the outpouring of support. It truly takes a community, and you all have certainly shown us how powerful ours is — thank you so much," added the shelter.
McKamey Animal Center concluded the post by encouraging animal enthusiasts affected by Lilo and her owner's story to consider adopting a rescue pet. "We want Chattanooga to be a community where pets are truly family, not just for the economically privileged, but for everyone. That means reaching out a hand of support to your neighbors, donating to emergency care funds like MAC's Angel Fund, spreading the word about low-cost and free services, and supporting the lifesaving work MAC and other local organizations are doing every day," the shelter wrote in the post further noting that MAC is always willing to provide help and support for those in need.
Adopting rescue pets is something we can all agree on, especially given the long-term resources. If your pet exhibits a certain behavioral pattern and you are confronted with obstacles that make it difficult for you to support and care for them, shelters and organizations step in and give free support, free pet food, and sometimes even a veterinarian clinic to help keep your pet healthy. Moreover, a fluffy companion in your life is proven to psychologically and emotionally nourish humans. It provides a sense of warmth and fulfillment, above all.