To my family: ‘Don’t you care I am dying today at a shelter?’



A family dog’s final hours are spent sitting in his kennel – invisible and hidden from the public. Panko is dying today.

“Why mom and dad? Why don’t you care I’m going to die in a couple of hours?,” Panko’s sad face reflects despair as a brokenhearted advocate tries to share the dog’s fate slated for later Saturday afternoon.

Sadly, Panko is just a dog – that is to the general public and especially to the New York City Animal Care Centers in Manhattan. He is the most likely type of dog to be euthanized – he’s black, middle aged and a male. But there is so much more to Panko, that after this afternoon will no long matter to anyone.

“… behind that sad face is that he is friendly, affectionate, playful and excitable with people. He lived happily with a teenager and a cat. Was not bothered when his toys, food or treats are taken away. By all accounts he was just a good boy who had a family that threw him away and today he will die for it.”

Planko has no staff notes, no video, no volunteer comments and no voice.

Can this dog be saved in time? (Notes suggest Panko may have been a victim of cruelty. He was surrendered after landlord restrictions.

“Hello, my name is Panko. My animal id is #61823. I am a male black dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 6 years old.
Weight: 55.2 lbs
Rated Rescue Only – Fear”

Panko is at risk; New Hope only determination, for behavioral reasons. Panko has remained fearful at the care center and has displayed high levels of dog reactivity with the potential to re-direct onto the handler. Panko would be best suited for placement with a New Hope partner that can provide the necessary behavior modification. Medically, Panko has a growth which may need follow up care.

Follow this dog’s plight here.

All information is included. Please share his story with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sadly, “at risk” dogs are having a more difficult time finding homes. Adopt your next best friend, Many are just waiting for you at New York City Animal Care Centers.

HOW TO RESERVE A “TO BE KILLED” DOG ONLINE (only for those who can get to the shelter IN PERSON to complete the adoption process within 48 hours of reserve, and only for the dogs on the list NOT rated New Hope Rescue Only*). Follow our Step by Step directions below!

PLEASE NOTE – YOU MUST USE A PC OR TABLET – PHONE RESERVES WILL NOT WORK! *

STEP 1: CLICK ON THIS RESERVE LINK: https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List

Step 2: Go to the red menu button on the top right corner, click register and fill in your info.

Step 3: Go to your email and verify account

Step 4: Go back to the website, click the menu button and view available dogs. It should read, “reserve in progress”. That is YOUR reserve. You must refresh the page at this point.


Step 5: Scroll to the animal you are interested and click reserve

STEP 6 ( MOST IMPORTANT STEP ): GO TO THE MENU AGAIN AND VIEW YOUR CART. THE ANIMAL SHOULD NOW BE IN YOUR CART!

Step 7: Fill in your credit card info and complete transaction Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) nycacc.org

*** If a dog is Rescue Only, or you cannot get to the shelter in person, you must PM our page for assistance w/fostering or adopting. MESSAGE our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance.



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