Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Shelter Dog Thinks Her Former Family Have Come To Rescue Her… Nope.

If you've ever had the pleasure of welcoming a dog into your home, you know that these animals have the power to change your life for the better. They can be messy and loud, but they're ever loyal, loving, and they fill your heart with joy. That's why this next story will tug at your heart.

German Shepherd Dogs, or GSDs, are described by the American Kennel Club as "large, agile, muscular dogs of noble spirit and high intelligence." Volunteers at the Downey Animal Care and Control can attest to that. They've been caring for a 2-year-old GSD called Zuzu, who they describe as "amazing."

When Zuzu's former owners showed up to the shelter, she was ecstatic. "[She lit] up like a Christmas Tree ... She looked like the happiest dog," volunteer Desi Lara said in a Facebook post.

But they weren't there to take her home They were there because they were hoping to adopt a new dog. This, of course, angered many people.

Continue reading to learn more about what happened. Don't worry, these people did not adopt another dog, at least not from this location.

Everyone say "Hello" to Zuzu, a 2-year-old German Shepherd Dog.

Volunteers at the Los Angeles County shelter where she is staying call her "beautiful and loving." But how did such a healthy, spirited dog end up there in the first place?

Everyone say "Hello" to Zuzu, a 2-year-old German Shepherd Dog.

Downey Animal Care Center

When she was living with her former owners, something tragic happened.

Her biological father passed away, and she grew depressed. In his absence, she would cry every night. And then one day, she jumped the fence.

When she was living with her former owners, something tragic happened.

Downey Animal Care Center

The neighbors found Zuzu in their yard and called animal control.

From then on, everyone assumed she was a stray. They soon learned the truth when her former owners arrived at the animal control center. She wasn't a stray after all.

The neighbors found Zuzu in their yard and called animal control.

Downey Animal Care Center

The German Shepherd jumped up and down, excited to be reunited with her family.

The family told Desi Lara that they were not there to reclaim there and instead wanted another dog. Lara said their reason was because "she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She wasn't a happy dog anymore."

The German Shepherd jumped up and down, excited to be reunited with her family.

Downey Animal Care Center

If you were upset by this, you're not the only one.

Read the comments below to see how people from all over the world reacted to this heartwrenching story.

If you were upset by this, you're not the only one.

Desi Lara / Facebook

Here's the full text of Desi Lara's Facebook post.

Take note of the update, which reads "No dog was adopted out!" Some Facebook users are calling for stricter action against the family for their abandonment.

Here's the full text of Desi Lara's Facebook post.

Desi Lara / Facebook

Even though she doesn't have an official home yet, we anticipate a happy ending for Zuzu.

Here's the latest update on her case. The Pet Adoption Fund rescue in Canoga Park will take Zuzu into their care and find a forever home for her. We look forward to hearing all about it.

As a side note, Zuzu was not her original name. She was re-named after the daughter in It's a Wonderful Life.

Here's a video of the heartbreaking moment that Zuzu thought she would be heading home with her family.

There are many other animals who need safe homes and families that won't abandon them. We encourage you to contact or visit your local shelter if you're ready to commit.

Sources: Desi Lara, BuzzFeed

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