Elderly Owner Had No Choice but to Give Up One of Her Dogs

Giving up Daisy Mae must have been very difficult, but instead of surrendering her at the local pound, the pet owner reached out to K9 Spirit for help.

Daisy Mae, a Chihuahua from California, spent her life with her owner and pet sibling in a happy home, but on October 24, 2015, Daisy Mae became another homeless, owner surrendered dog.

You might be asking how could any pet owner, after so many years with a dog, simply give up his or her dog. Well, not all owner surrenders are the same. Not all pet owners give up their dogs because they no longer want them or don’t have the time for them. Some pet owners, like Daisy Mae’s, are not allowed to keep their dogs any longer.

Photo credit: K9 Spirit Organization/Facebook
Photo credit: K9 Spirit Organization/Facebook

According to the animal rescue organization K9 Spirit, Daisy’s owner applied for senior housing two years ago and it wasn’t until this past October that she got approved. However, moving into a more affordable housing meant the human could only keep one of her dogs.

The decision to give up Daisy Mae or her sibling must have been a terrible one, however, instead of surrendering the dog at a local pound or kill shelter, the pet owner reached out to K9 Spirit for help.

Photo credit: K9 Spirit Organization/Facebook
Photo credit: K9 Spirit Organization/Facebook

“This morning Daisy Mae was surrendered to K9 Spirit. Her owner was begging Daisy to forgive her and not be upset,” posted the organization on their Facebook page. “She kept saying ‘we both have to be strong.’ Tears filled the vet office at such a sight. She’s giving up her job, her home, her car and her dog [to] pick up and move out of the area just to afford this senior low income residence. They said she can take one dog. She had two.”

K9 Spirit welcomed Daisy into their program and hopes to find the scared Chihuahua a new loving home. For now, the tiny dog is in a foster home and wants to find a new forever human to love.

If you are interested in adopting Daisy Mae and live in the Southern California area, please contact K9 Spirit Organization.

39 thoughts on “Elderly Owner Had No Choice but to Give Up One of Her Dogs

  1. How heartbreaking for the owner and Daisy, why do we require people to have to give up their fur babies just because of rules these home set. Someone could have helped her potty the dogs and take care of them. Just breaks my heart to read these stories.

  2. What a hard decision. It’s so sad our society has to be like this not the owner but apartments, housing to take away what is so dear to us….our pets. I’m so glad she gave her to a rescue instead of a shelter.

  3. I had to do the same thing to move into a safer place to live in my small town. It broke my heart then and still does everyday. I know my bestfriend went to a loving home and is doing great, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t even want a goldfish now for fear of getting too attached again. Silly but true.

  4. I can handle people who surrender their pet for a legitimate reason, what I can’t handle is surrendering your dog by tying it to a bench and walking away, driving out into the desert and driving away or surrendering your dog to a kill shelter. Those people are a blight on the human species. When those people die they will never see a dog again since all dogs go to Heaven.

  5. I can’t imagine being in that position. I know the decision was heartbreaking for the owner. Hope Daisy will find a new loving home soon.

  6. I hope Daisy Mae goes to a loving home and humans who would be willing to let Daisy Mae visit her elderly human from time to time.

  7. I had to surrender several pets last year. My husband became terribly ill and was in the hospital for almost five months. In addition I care for my elderly mother and am disabled myself. I still get crap from people who need to point out what a terrible person I was to do this. Until you’ve cried yourself to sleep agonizing over doing this, do all of us a favor and stop being so damned judgmental. Especially those of you who lamely offer help with no real intention of doing anything.

  8. Its a shame that the families don’t step in and take on there little fur babies, save them being surrendered just saying, I know I would.

  9. My Mom had a stroke in July. I’ve been doing all I can to help her keep her dogs until she recovers well enough to care for them again. It’s not easy, I have two of my own. A house with four dogs is much more that we bargained for. My brother takes them part of the time too. I hope someone would do the same for me to help if I was incapacitated.

  10. That sucks when a person is put in such a position that they have to make such a heart wrenching decision. I’ve always said that I would live out of a tent before I would give up one of my dogs. I know this lady likely didn’t have much choice and it really sucks that it came to this for her and her dog.

  11. Sad story that she had to choose between her two dogs, and that she even had to give up a dog in the first place. Elderly people end up in a difficult predicament when they go into assisted living residencies or become sick and cannot care for their pets.

  12. I’m angry that no one stepped up to find an alternative for her. She must have felt out of options and helpless. There are organizations that help. A story I heard recently was about an organization that helped by paying for the care of a pet (vaccines, food, etc) for the rest of the elder’s life when money became the only issue.

  13. Parting from her sibling and beloved owner is really frustrating. Really hope that someone would give her a home. A forever home.

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