January 2018. A man marches up to the entrance of a veterinary center, carrying a tiny dog. Heading to the receptionist’s desk, he hands over the quivering puppy – and instead of asking for advice or a check-up, he declares her “defective” and says that she needs to be put down. But as it turns out, not everyone is so ready to discard a living creature with a wagging tail and a big heart.
Dogs love their owners unconditionally. At Social Tees Animal Rescue, staff believe that this devotion should be returned. Their strictly no-kill, not-for-profit animal shelter based in New York’s East Village is a vital halfway home for abandoned animals. And its volunteers are responsible to rehabilitating and finding owners for 3,000 birds, cats, dogs and exotics each year.