While it might seem easy to vilify the family who adopted, and later returned, Athena to the shelter, there are worse fates for an unwanted dog. Still, her story is indicative of a larger problem affecting countless animals dumped at shelters across the country: the notion that their lives are disposable.
Fortunately, thanks to the attention her story received, Athena was adopted into a loving home days after being returned to the shelter. But other adoptable pets are still waiting to find a family who is truly committed.
Follow this link to find adoptable pets, like Athena, who need a second chance too.