The desperation many are feeling from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed itself in an incredibly sad way - a devastating note tied to the collar of an abandoned dog.
Staff at Johnson County Animal Shelter in the US say they were "heartbroken" after discovering the handwritten note with Roadie, a German Shepard found tied to a tree.
According to the note, Roadie was "spoilt" by her previous owner, who was forced to abandon her after losing his job and home during the pandemic.
"Hi, my name is Roadie," the handwritten note began.
"I know basic commands like sit, lay down, shake and rollover. I like to play and am full of energy. I love to chew on toys and tear them apart if it has a squeaker!"
The note informed Animal Control the dog had been wormed and spayed, and had a rabies shot.
"I was a spoiled girl, my dad gave me my own couch to lay on and my own memory foam bed. He also fed me steak, chicken, and rice.
"Please if you find me give me a good home and love. And maybe a friend! I love children and play well with other dogs.
"My dad lost his job and soon his home from COVID. Please pray for him and give him hope that I will find a good home."
The shelter shared a photo of Roadie on Facebook, alongside a post looking for adoption applications, especially from prospective pet parents that are "on-the-go" people looking for a best friend.
"This adorable girl is a social dog with a lot of puppy still left in her. Roadie is always on the move and eager to see what is next," the shelter wrote.
They also added the "sweet girl" needs some help with basic commands and has a "high prey drive as she has managed to clear the shelter property of all Canadian Geese".