The Forgotten

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Last night a video took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. It was an experience that will not soon be forgotten.

This incredibly powerful and effective narrative reminds us that as we enjoy the spoils of a life well lived, countless souls hang in the balance. Our country does a wonderful job of of keeping things tidy on the surface, and it’s not surprising that so many forgo adoption when the reality that our companion animals face is so effectively hidden from view. NewLeash and Sandra Mohr have done a remarkable job of lifting the veil and tapping into the viewer’s emotions, and it would come as no surprise if this proves instrumental in convincing a few potential puppy buyers to consider adoption.

Do yourself and your heart a favor, and do not stop watching until the absolute conclusion of this video. Then do the animals of the world a favor and share it.

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Sincere gratitude to Sandra Mohr and New Leash On Life for making a high def copy of this available on short notice.

46 thoughts on “The Forgotten”

  1. I could never work in a shelter. How heartbreaking it is, however seeing the abuse that some dogs suffer when people dont turn them into a shelter is even worse than death. We need to keep educating so everyone spays and neuters as we are the cause of these poor dogs horrible life and death.

    • I help at shelters because I may be able to give some love and comfort to these precious ones….I can’t save them all, but I can love on them and make their little lives better if even for but a moment. I do all I can!!

  2. Thanks for sharing this heart-wrenching video. It is almost harder to watch than the videos and story of Patrick. Thanks also for advocating on behalf of all the needy animals in kennels. My reason for writing is that I wish you – and everyone who takes on the worthy cause of advocating for adoption – would spend an equal amount of time and energy advocating for low cost spay/neuter options. And advocating for stronger laws that might keep unwanted litters from being born. And advocating for more monies to be allocated to enforce the laws. And advocating for education and public service campaigns to enlighten people.

    For every dog adopted from a kennel there are maybe seven litter mates still in need. And six months later their dam is having yet another litter.

    Think about it this way: Trying to solve the problem of shelter animals via adoption is like trying to stop a flood with some sandbags. Good start, but won’t solve the problem.

    Please advocate for education, laws, and low cost spay/neuter.

    best wishes,


  3. This video made me cry and immediately furbaby came to me to comfort me. Looking into her loving caring brown eyes, all I could think was, how the heck can anyone abandon, neglect, or not want one of these precious gifts! Dogs provide so much love and don’t ask for much in return.

  4. Holy crap, now that I’ve returned from balling my eyes out in the bathroom at work, I can type a response. This video shows the emotions of the dog so well. Scared and lonely when abandoned, the sheer fear and lack of understanding while in the shelter. Anyone watching should have no problem putting themselves right into that dog’s “shoes”. With all that comotion and barking, I’d hide under the bed too! I’m going to post this on my Facebook page, with two words: PLEASE ADOPT.

  5. just read your into. ~ know it will be too much. but hope others will watch and stop the insanity that is breeding and buying while so many millions die all alone, unloved.

  6. I’m so blessed to have my gorgeous rescue boy. My heart is full when I think about what he has given me, and I pray that others follow with the choice to adopt a rescue. We in turn end up being the ones rescued. Thank you for sharing… xoxo


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