When one animal rescuer discovered a plastic tub abandoned outside the Patterson Animal Hospital, she knew that when she opened it up there would be an animal inside.
However, when veterinary technician Jennifer Patterson brought the box inside and cut it open, it was so much worse than she ever imagined and she was beside herself. The tub had been stuffed full with 10 puppies struggling to breathe and stay cool. “Oh my gosh,” she said. “It is packed full, packed full. It is wet and hot in there.”
“I got angry, first. It’s just not fair to us because I knew we had a full kennel, all of our pens were full. Where are we going to put these guys? If people would contact us, we’d give them resources and we’d try to help them out before just dumping them on our doorstep and making us decide what to do,” said Patterson, who filmed the moment and shared it online so people could see what they had to deal with every week.
Because the shelter was at full capacity, the team didn’t have enough resources to save them and faced having to euthanize them all. “We try to save euthanasia as a last resort, but unfortunately there are animals with conditions that are financially untreatable by the rescue,” veterinarian Yolanda Burton Patterson said.
Yet before they gave up, the team created a GoFundMe page to see if they could raise enough funds to care for the puppies and build a larger shelter so that they won’t have to turn any animal away in the future. The campaign quickly raised $75,000, which provided treatment for all the animals and will help build the new shelter, and thankfully all 10 puppies have since been adopted.
Watch the entire video below to see the moment this rescuer realized what was inside a plastic tub left on her doorstep.
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[Featured image: Paws and Hooves Rescue Foundation]