Long term shelter residents are not damaged. They are special. These animals have survived stressful, cramped, shelter conditions, but still their bright souls shined on. If they weren’t special, they wouldn’t have lasted so long. These animals have endured. They have survived. And because someone saw through the surface scratches to their courageous spirit underneath, they are not just alive, but thriving.
Dudley: Three Years
Dudley was in the Alan Purcell Wayne Animal Shelter for three years before being adopted. He was aloof and took some time to bond, which meant potential adopters passed over him, again and again.
Nip: Five Years
Nip was a tough sell at the shelter because she was very scared of the hectic environment. She waited five long years before someone saw beneath the fear.
Cynder: Two years
“A shelter dog truly knows when they are rescued. She shows her appreciation Every. Single. Day. She is the happiest, most affectionate little girl from the second she opens up her eyes in the morning to the time she goes to bed at night” ~ Cynder’s owner
Wyatt: One Year
Wyatt lived most of his live stuffed in a crate, hidden away from sight by his breeders so potential buyers of his puppies wouldn’t see the untreated medical condition that caused him to lose the hair on his face. Out of the Pits of Albany rescued him from that situation but then he remained in their program for over a year without a single adoption application because of his unique appearance. Finally his current family came along and saw only his beauty and adopted him.
Bugsy: One Year
“It’s like he was meant to be a part of our family and we couldn’t let him go. He has found his forever home with us.” ~ Bugsy’s adopter
Poe: Four Years
“Poe walked right over to Vin, put his front paws on his legs then his shoulders and started licking his face like crazy. All the workers were shocked, telling us this was the first person that Poe ever licked…..after 4 years there” ~ Poe’s adopter
Spanky: Two Years
Roxy: One Year
“Simply put, she was a happy-go-lucky dog who had so much love to give to anyone and everyone, anything and everything. Pit bulls are resilient dogs that overcome odds in the face of adversity. They hold no grudges. They bounce back.” ~ Roxy’s adopter
Raiki: Two Years
“I have never seen a dog show just how much they loved their Mommy as that little dog did!! What is the best is when he looks at me and tries to smile. He can’t show it with his mouth so he squints his eyes as if he has the biggest grin on” ~ Raiki’s adopter
Mr. T: Two Years
“Everyone who spoke about Mr. T would talk about how affectionate and sweet he is. It’s amazing to me that such a wonderful cat could be in a shelter for 2 years! But there he was.” ~ Mr. T’s adopter
Onyx: One Year
Onyx was the Alan Purcell Wayne Animal Shelter for about a year when he broke his leg. He was having a tough time recovering so someone stepped up to foster him. Well what do you know – once they got to know Onyx, they couldn’t let him go.
Poppy Rose: One Year
Poppy Rose, fka Buffy, was at the Newark Humane Society for about a year before finally being adopted. Her only fault? She was a black pit. Sweet girl has not a mean bone in her body.