There is nothing more detrimental and emotionally devastating as the emptiness that homelessness brings. There is the old saying that home is where the heart is and this couldn’t be truer for a dog named Chato, and a loving owner who cared so deeply for him.

Chato and his owner were, unfortunately, evicted from their home. His owner could no longer afford to care for him, and so in a heart-wrenching decision, he surrendered the pup to Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena, California.

Carson, a kill shelter with a notorious high-kill rate, is not the ideal place to surrender a dog. The shelter, which struggles with overcrowding gives dogs weeks, and sometimes even just days to find forever families before the unthinkable happens: euthanasia.

A Petharbor listing for Chato reads,

“My name is Chato and I am described as a neutered male, black and tan German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old.”

The Carson Shelter advocacy group Saving Carson Shelter dogs, took to their Facebook page to post the heartbreaking last encounter they witnessed between Chato and his owner saying,

“His Dad was crying, there was so much pain between the two of them when CHATO was being surrendered. His Dad was just evicted from his home and his Wife also wanted CHATO out too. His Dad will be living in his car and it is way too hot for CHATO so he tried to do what he thought was best for his dog.”

Fidonation, if you or someone you know is interested in giving this precious pup the forever family he rightfully deserves, please contact the Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566 and reference the shelter ID #A3724798

Additionally, please share this story of Chato on Facebook or Twitter, so we are closer to finding him a home. We have done it many times before and can certainly do it again.

Watch: The Heartbreaking Moment Chato was Surrendered to Carson By His Owner

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