When their family came to reclaim them, they took only the young Lab and surrendered Cookie because they could no longer handle her medical needs, Lynn Hamilton of OC Small Paws So UT, who is one of many assisting with Cookie's care now, said in a Facebook comment.
As the family walked away, shelter staff said that Cookie whimpered - crying out for her loved ones.
Abandoned and alone, Cookie had no one else, until fosters came across an ad for her rescue, and rushed in to give her a roof over her head with plenty of affection in tow.
If Cookie hadn't been rescued, she more than likely would have been euthanized, as senior dogs are often passed up for younger ones. Thankfully, she was given a second chance at life.
She was put into a foster home where she got nice and clean - and where she was able to play until her heart's content.