Julia Wilkinson, a photographer for the Delaware County Daily Times, has made no secret of her love for animals throughout her professional career. That might be why, when Wilkinson walked out to the newspaper's parking lot on Monday morning to go on assignment, she found a little white dog leashed to her car with a note that said "Please take care of me."
"At first I thought it was my mom's dog, because she has a small white dog," Wilkinson told the Daily Times. But, it appears the dog actually belonged to an elderly woman who was seen leaving the parking lot earlier that morning, likely having gotten the idea to drop her dog with Wilkinson after seeing the photographer's name credited on a number of animal images.
According to the note, the woman could no longer take care of the nine-year-old dog because she decided to move. "I just moved to a new apartment," she wrote. "I'm 73 years old and can't keep her anymore because of her barking. Thank you so much. She was well loved." Along with the note, the woman also left a bag with the dog's food, water bowl, blanket and tiny sweaters inside.
"I feel bad for the lady who gave her up," Wilkinson said. "She said the dog was well loved. It must be terrible not be able to take care of her." Although Wilkinson said she cannot keep the dog permanently, she has volunteered to foster her as needed. For now, the dog will remain in the care of the Delaware County SPCA, which is looking to find her an adoptive family.