Euthanized Puppy Returns to Life

A puppy who was euthanized is found alive the next day. Many people offer to adopt the puppy, now named Wall-e.


One lucky puppy survived being euthanized at an animal shelter in Sulpher, Oklahoma (south of Oklahoma City). The pup had come in as a stray and was given two lethal injections on Friday Feb 25, 2011. Its body was then placed in a garbage container, however Saturday morning, the pup was found to be very much alive.


At this point the puppy’s story gathered attention and currently hundreds of people from all over Canada and the United States have shown an interest in adopting the little black and white puppy, who has since been named Wall-e.


You would think a story like this would make an animal lover like myself very happy, but it disgusts me!


First of all if even half of those people had gone to shelters to adopt dogs prior, the shelter may not have been so over burdened with pups that they selected to euthanize this one. In the USA shelters euthanize over 4 million cats and dogs a year. The shelter was only doing what the public forced it to do, euthanize unwanted surplus animals.

The pup had been left there as a stray, in some areas strays are never put for adoption, so although many people are angered at the shelter for trying to euthanize a puppy, they should direct their anger at the breeder, or owner, who let it go and did not claim it from the shelter (most shelters hold strays for 72 hours or longer).

I do question how a live dog was placed in a garbage. I worked in a shelter and a veterinarian was present (and preformed) all euthanasias, and checked the every animal before it was disposed of. I wont even go further, but in some scenarios things could have got a lot worse for this pup.

I am disgusted with the number of people who want to adopt this pup simply because it has a sad story, without getting adopted millions of dogs, and cats, will have far sadder stories, that will never be told. Why don’t these people want to save those dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens?


Yes, Wall-e is a lucky puppy, but why are people not moved to save the life of another animal nearly so much?

Read Wall-e’s Story of rescue.

Read the Advantages of Adopting a Pet

Criteria for Euthanasia of Shelter Pets

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User Comments
  1. MaxBuceo

    On March 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Nice share, i like this post

  2. Jimmy Shilaho

    On March 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Hmmmmmh, a puppy with nine lives?

  3. Karen Gross

    On March 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Very sad, both the story that was told and all of the stories never told.

  4. perezz

    On March 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm

  5. Jennifer Marre

    On March 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    People just want to be part of the news story. I feel bad for all animals in shelters. I wish I had the means to adopt another puppy.

  6. Sourav

    On March 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I got your point and I know it feels bad. Most of the people who want to adopt that puppy just want to share some limelight and obviously not animal lovers.

  7. papaleng

    On March 4, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Though I am not that familiar with your country or it State rules regarding animals shelters, What caught my attention is the sad story this puppy had undergone. In the first place I’m questioning, Why it had to be euthanized in the first place?


    On March 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    not such a good thing

  9. albert1jemi

    On March 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

    great article.

  10. Xandine

    On March 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Damned right. I detest people that get pets and then discard them when they get to be more work than they expected. :-S

  11. Brenda Nelson

    On March 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    to papaleng
    Very likely the pup was euthanized because the shelter was too full to keep it for adoption. THis is the problem – more pups (and kittens) are born every year than there are homes for. If people do not adopt, and others continue to breed irresponsibly there will always be euthanasia – at the rate of 4 million every year in the USA at this time.

  12. Mr Ghaz

    On March 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    sad story about pup…just lov all the creation of god..appreciated them, even they’re ‘animals’. Thanks for sharing this information

  13. webseowriters

    On March 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Very well written

  14. elysiamarie

    On March 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    We have four dogs. Three of which are rescues. One yorkie-poo who was adopted from the shelter (who was actually pregnant, and would have been put down if she would have been there any longer so they would notice)
    A three legged chihuahua who has to have her leg amputated after rescuing her from a horrible breeder.
    An elderly maltese dog who’s owner was 87 years old and passed away leaving Lacey in the home alone for two weeks..
    I would adopt more if it were possible. Although our vet bills are already quite massive. :)
    Great share! This really touches a soft spot in my heart.

  15. Val Mills

    On March 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Excellent article!

  16. martie

    On March 5, 2011 at 2:11 am

    You are so right Brenda. It is like this puppy is being wanted because it survived when people could have saved so many that did not. While I certainly would have been moved to take in this pup had I known the story, I would have been moved before the shelter tried to put it down. Hopefully, this dog can only have one home some of those hundreds of peope will consider adopting other animals from the shelter.

  17. PR Mace

    On March 6, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I have to agree with your opinion. The entire situation sucks. It shouldn’t take a story like this to make people want this puppy. Why was he not wanted in the first place? That should be the first question asked but of course it wasn’t.

  18. Minister Marlene

    On March 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    That 4 million number is an ABOMINATION. It is ridiculous. Just awful period. Now they want the miracle pup. Their hearts are not in saving dogs. These folks want limelight.. Why can’t we get laws into place to control all this?

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