A dog shelter is a gruelling place to walk into.
The pups look through you, with downtrodden eyes, from behind caged doors. The cages where they spend their days are tiny – a feature that allows shelters to house a greater number of dogs at any given time… and therefore save more lives.
Dogs find themselves at the pound for all sorts of reasons. They may be wandering the streets, alone, escaped from their owner's home. They may have been born on the streets in the first place. Or maybe their owners have just given up on them.
Regardless of how they find themselves without a family... the pound is where they end up.
And unless we adopt them? It's where they will spend the rest of their days.