If you’re easily emotional, you’ll want to look away. Because the sadness in Wall-E the dog’s eyes will haunt you forever.
The adorable labrador was left at a pet shelter by his adopted family who gave him up after living with him for three years.
The confused and alone six-year-old could only look on as his family left him in the spot they picked him up from all those years ago.
To make matters final, they returned all his toys and even his bed to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCAAC) in Arizona, U.S.
The upset Lab mix was returned to the Arizona shelter without explanation but it’s reported that the owners shed some tears while saying goodbye.
They were said to return the pet as they could no longer give Wall-E the love and care he deserves.
So they packed up all his belongings and put it into two bin bags, including his bed, leaving Wall-E stressed and heartbroken.
The folks at MCAAC defended Wall-E’s former owners though, saying in a Facebook post: ‘This guy deserves a forever family who won’t give up on him. Please don’t bash his previous owners though. We don’t know the whole story.
‘What we do know is the owner was heartbroken and crying. It was hard to finally help them leave. The staff was crying with the owners. We don’t believe this decision was taken lightly.’
But to make matters worse, the MCAAC shelter has been inundated with animals and can’t physically accommodate all the pets that come through.
Though they are obliged to take in every animal dropped off, they have to euthanise when their capacity is breached.
‘We have over 800 animals in our shelter right now,’ they explained. ‘Maricopa County Animal Care And Control (MCACC) is the second largest intake shelter in the United States.
‘We have to euthanise when we run out of space because legally we have to take every dog that comes to our doors. We are at that point now despite exhausting ALL resources including rescues, transports in state and out of state.’
Thankfully, Wall-E was able to escape such a fate.
To help him find a forever home, the team decided to post his story on their Facebook page which warranted attention from thousands of people.
Eventually, a woman who already owns another dog came down to the shelter to take Wall-E home with her.
If you’re in Arizona, you can keep up to date on the MCAAC website to see which animals you can foster or adopt.