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In Grammy's memory
In Memory of Mom and Diamond
In Memory of Leslie Roitman
It's hard not to become attached to certain animals when you work in a shelter. Whether it's their past experiences, their physical condition, or the uncertainty of their future that draws you in, it's inevitable that bonds will form. Diamond was one of those animals to me.
Diamond found herself at the MSPCA when her owner could no longer care for her. With cropped ears and a visibly overbred body, Diamond's past was unfortunately nothing out of the ordinary. In four short years, she had three different owners, and while many dogs would deteriorate under that kind of stress, Diamond didn't, and she quickly became a favorite at the shelter.
I spent a lot of time with her during lunch breaks and on walks, and I even brought her home for a sleepover. She was so easy to love it was hard not to want to keep her as my own, but I knew that we would be able to find her her forever home.
Unfortunately, Diamond never found her forever home. Soon after our sleepover she became sick and was rushed to Angell for emergency surgery. The staff and volunteers at Nevins Farm and Angell did everything they could to save her, but she sadly passed away.
The news was difficult to take, but the brief time I spent with Diamond only reaffirmed my belief that shelter animals are always honest, always forgiving, and ever more resilient. She was an embassador for her breed, a lover of life and people, and a friend that will be forever missed.
This year I am walking in memory of Diamond and all of the animals that have risen above the adversity of their past and gone on to live happy, healthy lives.
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