As an animal-lover, stories like this are always sickening to hear.

The Blue Grass, Iowa Police Department shared on their Facebook page that a German Shepard was found abandoned by its owner in a ditch in Blue Grass on Tuesday morning.

The police had the dog transported to the Humane Society, where he is available for adoption.

The HSSC had so much interest in the abandoned dog that they used the incident to help bring awareness to the number of shelter animals in need of a home.

The HSSC has a link on their Facebook page where you can donate to the shelter and help pay for medical procedures needed for animals pre-adoption, like life-saving surgeries, neutering, and shots.