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My family and I chose to adopt our family member from the Lapeer Animal Shelter on September 6th. She was described as follows: “Gerty has to be hands down the most heartbreaking dog yet! Gerty is having just a hard time as she is just not comfortable. Sad to say, we think this old gal was probably dumped! Now, she does have life left, not much, but why let her die in a shelter? Why let her sit there behind bars and sit on a hard surface (she has 3 blankets) when she appears to have bad arthritis?”

My daughter and I read the website conversations and we went and visited her, she was very sad in the kennel and had difficulty standing, but came to the door and rested her head against mine through the metal grid. We patiently waited for her to become available. We had lost our beloved lab about a year ago to cancer and felt confident in our ability to care for Gerty and her needs in her final stages of life.

Shortly after welcoming Gerty into our home, we soon realized she is deaf and has difficulty seeing due to her cataracts. These were unexpected challenges but we are very grateful to have her as part of our family. We have been working with our vet to provide her medical treatments to ease her discomfort. She can now climb onto our couch which she has proudly claimed as her bed and recently showed us that there is a bit of “puppy” in her as she began playfully chasing our ducks in the yard with our other 2 dogs, it was delightful to see her having such a great time. We are very blessed to have her in our lives.

Leslie Manley
Ortonville, MI

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