A 13-year-old dachshund is left at a vet's office to be put to sleep because the owners couldn't afford to take care of it.
Now, the animal loving organization "Leave No Paws Behind" steps in to try to reunite the dog with the owners.
The dachshund was left in the Baldwin Park shelter in a basket with a note from the owners explaining he was sick.
"We are both seniors, sick, with no money. We cannot pay for vet bills or to put him to sleep. He has never been away from us in all those years. He cannot function without us. Please put him to sleep. That just rips your heart," read Leave No Paws Behind representative Toby Wisneski.
Wisneski picked up the dog and brought him to East Valley Veterinary Clinic.
"He has a skin condition right now that's treatable and it will take a few months but definitely something we can treat," explains veterinarian, Danielle Chapman.
He has arthritis and some other issues, which will take time and money.
He obviously has plenty of drive left, so that's where Leave No Paws Behind comes in.
They specialize in senior dogs like this one, which is not the first given up by cash-strapped owners.
Wisneski said, "And I do honestly believe they felt they have no other option but to send him to the shelters. And we're trying to get the word out that we are here to help you."
No Paws Left Behind wants to find his owners. They are not in trouble. As a matter of fact, they can get their dog back and a promise.
"We'll get him the care he needs and continue to give him the medical, and if you need food we will supply you with the food. But please let's just let him stay with you and spend the rest of his life with the humans that they know and love," Wisneski said.
"It's absolutely heart-breaking. You know, you feel so bad for him and you feel so bad for the people that had to give him up, and he was obviously well loved. And they probably felt like they had absolutely no other options," Chapman said.
But now they do. The dog is going to stay for a while at East Valley Vets, but let's see if we can find these people.