PHOENIX - Five Pekingese dogs are waiting for a new home after they were surrendered by their dying owner to a local shelter.
In most situations, owners who are no longer able to keep their pets would bring their dogs to a county shelter or animal control where they could face euthanization.
Sometimes the pets that owners think will be passed on to a new family will not make it out of the shelter again.
Luckily, these Pekingese were taken in by the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA thanks to a new program for owner surrender.
AAWL is the oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona.
They recently began taking in owner surrenders- pets that have to be given away because they can no longer be cared for. Sometimes pet owners lose their jobs, become ill or have to move without their pets.
In order for AAWL to take in surrenders, the pets must pass health and behavior tests, according to a news release.
The Pekingese dogs are all doing well and being cared for until they find new families. As the owner wanted, all of her pets are being treated as family and are safe with the shelter.
For more information on AAWL or the owner-surrender program, call 602-273-6852 or visit online .