A pair of huskies were running free in a dog park, which on any other day would be a sign of two happy, healthy dogs. However, in the case of Vada and Layla, it was because they were abandoned.
Mona Ahmed is the manager of Woodward Dog Park located in Fresno, California. She is also the founder of Fresno Furry Friends, a non-profit that helps shelter animals and spay and neuter programs.
Recently, she got a phone call from a woman who said she saw the two dogs at the park but their owner was nowhere to be found.
Mona immediately drove over and spotted Vada and Layla walking around aimlessly. There was a box with their toys and food bowls inside and a short note that read:
“Our names are Vada (black) and Layla (brown),” the note said. “We are nice 1-year-old dogs. Please don’t split us up. Layla gets scared without her sister.”
When Mona asked visitors at the park about the two huskies she determined they had been there since early morning and had been running around for several hours.
“Somebody said, ‘Yes, I saw [a woman] leave the huskies behind. She just told us she’s going to the car, and she’ll be right back. So nobody really paid attention to the fact that she was really gone,’” Mona told the Dodo.
Although Vada and Layla are not the first abandoned dogs Mona has rescued from the park, she was still upset. “This makes me feel angry,” she said. “This is not the way you give dogs away. All they had to do was ask for help.”
Many rescues and shelters in California are seeing a sharp rise in abandoned huskies due to the popularity of the TV show Game of Thrones. However, the people getting the high-energy dogs don’t understand the care and work needed to keep them happy.
Mona loaded Vada and Layla into her car and took them to a foster caregiver she knows. The two young dogs will be spayed and microchipped before they are put up for adoption, although their fosterer has already expressed interest in adopting the pair.