Stardust came to her Final Refuge home emaciated and withdrawn. She had been surrendered to a local shelter in horrific shape, the owner telling staff her 3 year old daughter had been hitting the dog. Stardust had been adopted out the previous year from this same shelter, a normal healthy dog. She was re-homed at least twice that could be traced. In that time her ribs had been broken and she went from a lovely dog to a shell of a dog who had brain damage. The goal in taking Stardust into our care was to give her love, care and the quality of life she deserved after all she had endured. Her Final Refuge family had her in their home for exactly 4 weeks. There was no way to repair the damage that had been done to Stardust and when she stopped eating, her fosters knew it was time to send her on.

Her foster mom takes comfort knowing that she had gained Stardust’s trust and she believes Stardust felt her love. “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”