Woman adopts dog from at-risk list at Abilene Animal Shelter

"That dog would have died to today."

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - An anonymous donor gave homeless animals something to wag their tails about, thanks to that animal love.

The Abilene Animal Shelter was able adopt some of its last chance pets for free!

"I was looking at it and it showed that they were going to be euthanized anytime. Like, anytime today," Kenzi McCarty said.

After Kenzi McCarty saw an add on the Abilene Animal Shelter's Facebook page, she decided to act fast.

"That dog would have died to today," she said.

Having plans to buy a puppy to cater to her son's love for dogs, she thought adopting a dog was more fitting.

"I told him we were going to save a puppy because it's better when we know for sure that little puppies can be bought, but older dogs, 2-year-old dogs, they're over-looked, especially when their owner has surrendered them or something like that," McCarty said.

McCarty and her son will have to wait until Wednesday to bring Aston home. She said right now, he is a little sick and is being treated.

"He is so sweet. He just runs up to you. He's just hyperactive but he's a really sweet dog. He doesn't bark too much. As soon as you walk up to him, he's just so welcoming and and friendly," McCarty said.

This may not be the last time the Abilene Animal Shelter has this type of problem. Every week, the shelter plans to update Abilene residents of the at-risk animals.

"How long they've been at the shelter. These are our longer term kiddos and then how much space we have really determines when we'll have to euthanized," shelter supervisor, Jackie Hernandez said.

They can only take up to 15 to 30 owner surrenders in one day but said they are grateful for those who continue to try to clear the shelters.

"Because of citizens like those adopting today, we're able to save more lives," Hernandez said.

As for adopting, McCarty just hopes others can find it in their hearts to take one of these doe-eyed dogs to a permanent and loving home.

"There's no reason that you should get a new puppy when there's dog's sitting at a shelter that might be euthanized anytime. Just try and at least look for a dog that's sitting at a pound sad," McCarty said.

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