When Ritter’s family unfortunately lost their home, they were no longer able to care for him or his dog sibling, Corky. Even though it broke their hearts, they had to surrender both dogs to the Humane Society for Hamilton County in Indiana — and as soon as his family left him behind, poor Ritter just couldn’t contain his sadness.
“As many dogs are, he was petrified, nervous and heartbroken,” Megan Bousley, marketing communications specialist for the Humane Society for Hamilton County, told The Dodo. “They don't understand where their family went and are confused and frightened by the new, loud environment.”
As soon as he was alone in his kennel, all Ritter could do was sit pressed up against the wall, staring down at the ground, so upset and confused by his new reality.
Of course, everyone at the shelter did their best to make Ritter feel as loved as humanly possible — but it’s still not the same as having a forever home and a family.