Her name was Meena. She loved hanging with her fur siblings. Rides in the car to anywhere. Sneaking in licks of tasty treats. And she was deeply loved by her humans. But her life didn’t begin as compassionately as it ended.
You may have seen her photo on Facebook just a few years ago, may have shared her story.
Like so many others in shelters around the country, this senior Cattle Dog mix had shut down. Abandoned, shaking in fear, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs, a group advocating for pets in that California shelter, had shared her photo, hoping that someone would open their heart and home. That she would find a rescue willing to take her in.
Meena’s big, soft brown eyes gazed into the camera. She didn’t know she had so many strikes against her. Most people saw an overbred, unspayed senior, in need of medical assistance, and kept walking. She saw other dogs walk past her on their way to a new life. Would someone see her specialness??
Yes, finally someone did, and Meena got to take her freedom ride! With the help of Labradors and Friends, who regularly pull from LA shelters, Meena also found her foster parents, Monica and Steve. After a visit to the vet for much needed medical attention, she soon was sharing her home with a few other lucky rescues, Jackey, Violet and Winky Biscuit.
Meena quickly velcroed herself to Monica, who tells ShelterMe,
“she would whine if she couldn’t see me. I couldn’t let her go, didn’t want to abandon her.”
And so, Meena became a foster fail. Signed, sealed and delivered, she had found her forever family. Toys, trips, the beach, and most of all, being loved, were all part of her new life. She greeted everyone with a big doggy smile.
But one day, her old, hard life caught up with Meena. This summer, she developed mammary tumors. With the financial assistance of Captain Care, whose mission, among other things, is to provide California pets with shelter alternatives, her entire mammary chain on one side was removed, leaving a long, massive incision.
Meena recuperated, but never rebounded. Monica told us,
“She had been slowing down. She still wanted to go for walks, though not that far.”
And this week, after being with her such a short time, Meena let her mom know that it was time to let her go. Meena, whose name means “sensitive and shy” and also “loves home and security above all”, was ready to cross the Bridge. Cancer had come calling and Meena’s time here on Earth was now cut short.
Monica is an active member on Los Angeles Petfinders, a group who reunites lost/found pets with their owners. Members donate their time, combing shelter pages, Craigslist, and local postings, trying to reunite families based on nothing more than a poorly shot photograph.
Helen Trimble, an Administrator of the group, heard the news about Meena’s passing. Knowing how tight money can be in an emergency situation like this, Helen reached out to members and friends to help assist Monica with bearing the cost of her furry girl’s final arrangements.
A 15-year-old dog, Meena’s new life began through the power of strangers sharing her story. And, at the end, a family of strangers stood together once again said ‘Yes, we’ll help.’
‘I wish I had met you sooner so I could have known you longer.’ This will always hold true when it comes to our pets. Together for such a short time, Meena will be waiting for you, Monica, with love and licks.
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