12-year-old forced to give up puppy to shelter to save it from his father’s abuse

In a perfect world every dog would spend their whole lives with their loving owners, but sadly that isn’t the case. Many pets get surrendered to shelters by their owners, leaving them to find a new home.

While some people leave their pets heartlessly and for selfish reasons, sometimes owners have no choice but to give up their pets, even though it breaks their heart, because it’s the best thing for them.

But one recent story is particularly heartbreaking—a story of an impossible choice made by a 12-year-old boy.

Xollin animal shelter in Mexico got an unexpected delivery on February 13 when a box was left outside their door. They opened it and discovered that someone had left them a tiny brown puppy.

It’s not very uncommon for people to leave their pets in front of shelters without warning, but what stood out was the fact that the dog came with a handwritten note and a dog toy.

The shelter read the note, and discovered the heartbreaking truth: the puppy had been given up by his 12-year-old owner… to protect him from his abusive father.

“My name is Andres and I am 12 years old,” the note reads, in translation. “My mom and I have decided to leave the dog in your hands without my father knowing about it because he wanted to sell it.”

“He beat and kicked it,” Andres explains. “He kicked it so hard once that he hurt its tail. I hope you can help it and look after it.”

In a devastating final word he says he left the toy “so he won’t forget me.”

It’s a sickening reminder of how cruel people can be, and of the innocent victims left traumatized by abuse—not just the poor puppy but the boy forced to give up his friend.

The shelter took the puppy in and named him Rene. After posting the story on Facebook they received hundreds of applications, but they stressed that the dog would still need medical treatment before he could be put up for adoption.

Due to the abuse, the Rene’s tail was fractured. He also had to be dewormed and vaccinated.

But due to the huge interest in Rene it seems hopeful that he will go to a good home once he’s well enough. It’s tragic he won’t be able to go home again to Andres, but the boy ultimately made the right, if difficult call, ensuring his puppy would be able to have a better life.

It’s a truly heartbreaking story, but we hope this dog gets a good home soon. Share this story!