It took a long time – 305 days to be exact – for a dog named “Spot,” to find a person, and a home, of his own. The three-year-old dog had been with the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Michigan since he was transferred from an open-door animal shelter.
Week after week, month after month, Spot was the dog that had been passed by at the shelter, time and again. Fortunately, though Spot had some special requirements (a no cat household, picky about his dog friends, and the need for a securely fenced yard), the shelter’s staff was committed to keeping him safe and happy until the perfect fit came along.
The perfect person turned out to be Elijah Baker, a man who actually came to the shelter seeking a different dog (a dog who didn’t turn out to be the right fit for his home). Though Baker was in the process of moving from one house to another when he met and fell in love with Spot, he didn’t let that stop him from moving forward with the adoption – the shelter became the designated meeting place for multiple bonding visits until Baker’s home was ready for Spot to move in…the official, joyful adoption day was October 1.
Jessica Evans, with the shelter, told Shelter Me:
“We are so excited that Spot finally found his forever home. Even though each and every animal has a home here for as long as it takes them to find their permanent one, it’s stories like this that make everything we do worthwhile. We are happy to be able to give second chances to the animals who need them most, just like Spot.”
Spot found his happily-ever-after and now the shelter’s second longest resident is in need of a helping hand as well. Crocodile Dundee, a handsome Labrador retriever mix who isn’t quite two years of age, has been at the shelter for over seven months. Evans described the long-time shelter resident to Shelter Me:
He’s a very sweet boy, but has really high energy level and therefore, we’re requiring him to go to a home with older children. He can tend to be a little fussy about the dogs he gets along with (though he seems to like most of the females) and needs to go to a home free of cats.
In an effort to make Crocodile Dundee even more adoptable, the shelter has been putting him through a training program with Mutts With Manners – so far, the training has vastly improved his behavior. Evans told Shelter Me, “we are confident that his turn will be next to find his forever home.”
You can read more about Crocodile Dundee at this link to the shelter’s website.
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