The biggest fear for most dog foster families is sending their furry friend with the wrong adopter. That’s why many animal rescues have such thorough adoption processes. Yet, no matter how careful you are, things could still go wrong. In Nala, the Pit Bull’s case, the rescue’s worst nightmare came to life.
Furever Bully Love Rescue was thrilled to send Nala off to a “trial run” at a potential forever home. But after only a few days, that excitement turned to worry, then fear. After some investigating, the rescue learned that Nala died after her second day with the family. Now, dog lovers everywhere are demanding justice.
Nala’s Heartbreaking Journey
The Florida rescue saved Nala in June 2021 after a horrible human hit her head with a hammer. With the rescue’s kindness and support, Nala healed well and quickly became a favorite to staff and volunteers. Then, at the end of August, Nala’s foster mom sent her to a family for an adoption trial. The rescue did a full background check, home visit, and application process with the family beforehand without seeing any issues.
“Nala went to her new trial run home. Day 1 and 2 the adoptive parents kept in touch with how things were going. On day 3 when asked for pictures of Nala, they were ignored. Multiple texts throughout that day were sent and all went unanswered. On day 4 the rescue received a picture of Nala in the car stating they were going to AL to visit her mother. Day 5/6 nothing,” the rescue explained on Facebook.
On day 7, the rescue sent a volunteer to the house to find out what was going on. The adopter’s son told them that the adopter gave Nala to her brother. So, the rescue quickly investigated all the known family members, and none of them knew where Nala was, not even the brother.
After about two weeks of investigating, the adopter’s husband claimed that Nala ran away on the second day of her adoption trial. Nala had never been a runner, so the rescue grew even more skeptical. They suspected that the pup was still somewhere on the couple’s 10-acre property.
A Horrific Discovery
In an attempt to locate Nala, Furever Bully Love Rescue spread fliers, offering a $5,000 reward for her safe return. They worked with animal control, the microchip company, local vets, and even a lawyer to find answers. But unfortunately, the answer was the last thing they wanted to hear.
“Part of Nala’s body was recovered today. She’s been deceased since 8/6, the day after her adoption trial started. She was shot and killed with part of her body discovered on the property,” Furever Bully Love Rescue posted on 8/27/2021.
The rescue announced that they are pursuing civil and criminal charges against the family. They didn’t give too many details on the situation since it’s too horrific. Yet, they reminded followers not to share information about the family. A lot of false information about the adopters was going around Facebook, which only caused hate toward innocent people.
Justice for Nala
Since the announcement of Nala’s death, “#JusticeforNala” has been trending on social media. The rescue says they won’t rest until the people responsible pay for their cruel actions.
According to the rescue’s most recent updates, they are planning a memorial for Nala in mid-September. They are also working on spreading awareness through billboards. Plus, an animal abuser registry in Nala’s honor is in the works too.
To help give Nala the justice she deserves, consider signing her petition. You can also stay up to date with her situation by joining her Facebook group. Giving Nala justice is one of the best ways to save more dogs like her.