Dog dropped at Delaware humane society with gut-wrenching plea from homeless owner

The note is heartbreaking.

“Please take care of Sky. She is 6 years old and friendly. I couldn’t take care of her, I became homeless and couldn’t feed her. She is not sick just hungry, very friendly. Please find her a home. Please.”

That confession on a single sheet of paper was found inside a bag attached to one very skinny dog left at the Delaware Humane Association’s Wilmington facility. That brown and white dog, wearing a spiked harness, was only discovered Jan. 2 after one of the shelter’s dogs barked to alert staff.

“With each New Year comes new challenges and on our second day in, we welcomed one of our most heartbreaking souls yet,” the animal shelter posted on Facebook along with photos of the very thin dog.

Shelter staff remain perplexed, but grateful.

“While we have all the questions in the world, we are just thankful this sweetheart made it to us before it was too late,” the facility added. “We can’t imagine this was easy for her former owner, so please refrain from expressing any negative thoughts you may have.”

Sky was left at the Delaware Humane Association on Jan. 2. DHA/Facebook

The shelter is looking for tips about the dog’s background, contacting homeless shelters, but is also considering the possibility Sky was stolen.

“We are hopeful Sky’s condition improves and her spirits remain high. The most important thing is, she is safe with us,” the humane association said.

Sky is very skinny, but shelter staff hope she can regain the weight. DHA/Facebook

The humane association said it could still work with the owner to reunite him or her with the dog.

But that would “depend on the situation and the owner’s circumstances,” the shelter added.

Meanwhile, Sky will be available for adoption applications beginning Jan. 8.

Sky will need to put on weight before she goes home. DHA/Facebook

Sky will still need to get back to a normal weight.

Then she can be spayed.

Only then will she be able to join her forever home.

Everyone is cheering for Sky’s recovery — and for her former owner to turn things around.

Some have even called the owner courageous and brave for knowing when to seek help.

Photos Delaware Humane Association/Facebook

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