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Family Comes Up With Sweetest Way To Honor Their Dog Who Died

Shelter dogs would be so happy if everyone did this!

A family who wished to remain anonymous came into a shelter in Fredericksburg, Virginia, this week with a bucket full of colorful tennis balls.

tennis ball donation to shelter in memory of beloved dog
Fredericksburg SPCA

They didn't want a lot of credit or attention — they didn't even leave their names. The family just wanted to do something good for shelter dogs in memory of their beloved dog, Marley, who recently passed away.

Shelter dog and donated tennis balls
Fredericksburg SPCA

Along with the gift was a photo of Marley, and the years she lived her life: 2004-2017. And there was also a little note with a few words of advice to other dog lovers.

Tennis ball donation with shelter dog
Fredericksburg SPCA

"Please help yourself to a tennis ball for you and your dog to play with," the note said. "Keep it or drop it back in the bucket for another dog to enjoy! Love this moment with your dog and enjoy this play time together in memory of our sweet Marley who absolute loved to play ‘ball.’"

Shelter pit bull and tennis ball
Fredericksburg SPCA
Shelter pit bull plays with tennis ball
Fredericksburg SPCA

The shelter staff members at the Fredericksburg SPCA are making great use of the donation, helping its adoptable dogs play and socialize while they wait for their forever families. 

Shelter dog with tennis ball
Fredericksburg SPCA
Shelter dog with tennis ball
Fredericksburg SPCA

(They're also snapping some amazing action shots of the dogs at play with their new toys.)

Dog enjoying tennis ball at shelter
Fredericksburg SPCA
Shelter dog enjoying tennis ball
Fredericksburg SPCA

"Marley loved to play ball and her family wants other pups to have some fun too!" the shelter wrote on Facebook.

Just imagine how happy so many shelter dogs would be if this became a common way to memorialize beloved family dogs. Considering there are over three million homeless dogs entering U.S. shelters every year, there's always a dog out there looking for a way to cheer up.

Shelter dog with tennis balls
Fredericksburg SPCA
If you think you can give a shelter dog a forever home — and all the tennis balls he'll ever want — try visiting these dogs at the Fredericksburg SPCA or at Adopt-a-Pet