An adorable rescue dog called Meatball has melted hearts in a video posted by user Stephanie Munroe (@stephaniemunro7) on TikTok.
In the video, which has been viewed nearly a quarter of a million times, Stephanie explains that “this is meatball. He lives at Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary (Ontario). The shelter is a hard place for Meatball. So I took him to a cottage to give him a break. A break he so desperately needed.
“I got to see a whole other side of him…A side of him I knew was there…but had never seen living in a shelter. Meatball is looking for his forever home. He loves adventure. And has so much love to give.
“Please share to help find that special someone that will give Meatball a chance at the life he deserves.”
Meatball can be seen living his best life on vacation with Stephanie, playing with his favorite toys, relaxing and looking out of the window at the evening sky, frolicking in the woods, learning how to be a lap dog, paddle boarding, and chilling by a campfire.
Arguably, more than the average person gets up to on holiday.
Since COVID-19 restrictions have eased and life is getting back to normal across the world, it can be hard to remember the loneliness and isolation that many of us faced during that time.
As many as one in five households in America sought the companionship of pets during the pandemic. But, as more and more people lost their incomes and even their homes, they were forced to give their new pets up.
Now, due to rising inflation driving up the cost of living, even more people are having to relinquish their animals due to an inability to look after them properly.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that approximately 6.3 million companion animals (as opposed to strays born on the street) enter US animal shelters nationwide every year.
“Of those,” it says, “approximately 3.1 million are dogs and 3.1 million are cats.” It also reports that “each year, approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized (390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats).”
Some criticized Munro’s actions at taking Meatball out of the shelter, only to put him straight back, with one user commenting, “As special as this is, how is he going to feel when he gets taken back,” and another agreeing that “Isn’t ‘t it so much harder for him when he goes back???.”
Munro replied in the comments, “Unfortunately I can’t adopt Meatball, but I will help him find his forever home!”
It would appear Munro’s efforts to show a different side to shelter dogs to help them get adopted is working.
One person commented: “We have read his bio on the sanctuary website. Think he may be a good fit for our home. Will update further,” while another user wrote, “We are in Ontario, not too far. We live in our cottage home year round. Is he good with other dogs? We have a wonderful and friendly standard poodle who needs a brother.”
Another person commented: “I just saw him last night on their website. I am, actually, thinking of going to see him. They are three hours away from me, but it might be worth it.”
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