Texas Woman Reunited With Puppy She Surrendered After Rescue Shelter Mix-Up

Texas Woman Reunited With Puppy She Surrendered After Rescue Shelter Mix-Up
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A Texas woman, Kristie Periera (32), has been left reel­ing after a local res­cue shel­ter mis­tak­en­ly sur­ren­dered her pup­py for adop­tion instead of euthanasia. 

The inci­dent rais­es con­cerns about com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­paren­cy with­in ani­mal res­cue organizations.

Periera adopt­ed a hound mix pup­py named Beau in 2022 for $450. How­ev­er, with­in weeks, she became con­cerned about his health. Vet­eri­nar­i­ans sus­pect­ed a neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion, with poten­tial treat­ment costs exceed­ing $12,000 and a low chance of success.

Faced with this heart­break­ing sit­u­a­tion and encour­aged by shel­ter staff who pre­sent­ed euthana­sia as the “best option,” Periera made the ago­niz­ing deci­sion to sur­ren­der Beau in March 2023.

A year lat­er, Periera was aston­ished to dis­cov­er Beau’s pic­ture on the shel­ter’s adop­tion web­site, list­ed under a new name, Amos Hart. 

Upon con­tact­ing the shel­ter, Periera learned that fur­ther tests revealed Beau had a liv­er prob­lem, not a neu­ro­log­i­cal one. The shel­ter fund­ed a suc­cess­ful $7,000 surgery through a GoFundMe cam­paign and reha­bil­i­tat­ed Beau.

Periera is under­stand­ably out­raged. Not only was she kept in the dark about Beau’s true con­di­tion and life­sav­ing surgery, but the shel­ter also denied her request to reclaim him, cit­ing a pol­i­cy against return­ing sur­ren­dered pets.

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