Making the decision to rehome a pet is not an easy one; even the thought of having to part with a much-loved furry friend can be heartbreaking. However, one pet parent in Georgia was faced with such a situation this week after finding herself homeless.
An unnamed woman left 11-year-old Cletus at a children's playground in Norris Lake park in the city of Snellville along with a heartfelt note and a box of his favorite things.
The note reads: "My name is Cletus!! My owner decided she could not keep me anymore because she does not have a place to stay. I am a very good dog. I am 11 years old, but I still play like a puppy. I do not chew anything but food. I am house broken. I am great with kids. I play ball, catch Frisbees, and love to give hugs. Can you please find me a home? I do not want to go to the shelter."
Cletus was found and taken to Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, who shared his story and a video of him on social media.
"He is so sweet," shelter volunteer Jan Grissom told 11Alive News. "He is energetic for an old fella. He is just so loving!"
There were fears that Cletus would struggle to find a new home, as many pet parents do not want older dogs. However, the shelter has said an adopter has now been approved.
The story does not end there, though; volunteers are looking for Cletus’ former pet parent so that they can help her find a place to stay. They believe she could have a child due to some child-like drawings found on the back of the note. In a comment on their Facebook page, Gwinnett County Animal Shelter wrote:
"The shelter has the adopter's contact information and [the] pet parent can get her dog back when she is able. Cletus will be getting vet care and I will post info later on where people can donate directly to the vet if they would like to."
We hope Cletus enjoys life with his adopter; it sounds like he is in good hands, but here is hoping that he can be reunited with his former pet parent in the future.