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I was a stray.

I will speak on behalf of myself, and all animals that enter Lapeer County Animal Shelter (LCAS), in Lapeer MI, USA. There are thousands of strays each year in this county, most of our stories starts out the same:

We belonged somewhere. We ate scraps off the dinner table, slept in beds with children, and played ball in yards. Suddenly we were found in the streets hungry and confused. The lucky ones manage not to get injured or starve before being taken to LCAS.

Waiting in fear and confusion as to what the future holds for us is the hardest. But, we wait in our kennels with the hope our family, past or future, will find us. Sometimes for days we wait, sometimes for weeks. Many of us have a harder time to find homes due to our age, size, or breed, and because we have no medical history.

Thankfully there is a community that works day and night to find us homes using tools like Facebook and Petfinder. Total strangers come together online to redeem us strays from our pending demise. The motivation is that a life saved means a dog can go on wagging it's tail another day, or a cat will purr in gratefulness for many more years to come! Value and purpose is placed on every life that comes into the shelter.

I came into LCAS as an unwanted dog but I left there as cherished family member.

(Mr. Shivers, elderly deaf stray was extremely scared in the shelter whereas all he did was shake. .He was loved very much in his new home for what ended up to be his final 5 months of life.)

Lucy LaMay
Berlin, MI

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