Barbara says of the moment “My heart burst.” She even thought she imagined it initially.But for all the progress made, he was also losing hope. He understood that he was unwanted. Once, Barbara came into the shelter to find him lying down, his whole body shivering. “It wasn’t because he was cold,” she says. It’s because he was lonely, without a home. His body couldn’t handle the anxiety. “
“He’s giving up,” Barabara confesses. She then fell silent, taking a minute just to cry. There are some cases that even the most experienced volunteer can’t shrug off. True shelter heartbreakers Mikey was constantly panting. The shelter staff wished for “the day when he finally takes a breath.”
While house broken, an indicator of a pet rather than a lifelong stray, “Nobody ever came looking for him.”
The thing about “invisible” dogs—dogs who have been overlooked for so long— is that although they might be hard to find, they never lose sight of the real meaning of unconditional love. Shelter heartbreaker or not, If Mikey finds a family to call his own, that family will never spend another day without a wagging tail, a gentle kiss, an overturned belly. When Mikey loves you, says Barbara, “It’s the best feeling in the world.”
Mikey was adopted in late August. His facebook page, Magical Mikey, is now a general adoption page for the Hempstead Animal Shelter, a well as updates regarding Mikey. They also publish information regarding other “invisible dogs” up for adoption across the country.