Shelter Employee’s Dogged Determination Finally Lands Senior Dog A Home

Kelly Carey, an employee at the Porter County Animal Shelter in Valparaiso, Indiana, had a mission…find Layla, a homeless and aging boxer-mix, a loving home. Layla was a long-term resident at the animal shelter and all of her luck seemed to be bad.

Through no fault of her own, Layla had been adopted and returned four times to the same shelter. The reasons for Layla’s returns varied…from her family going through a divorce, to owners moving and not making arrangements which included the down-on-her-luck dog.

But Layla had Carey in her corner – and Carey was not going to rest until Layla found a committed new family of her own. Carey reached out to Shelter Me on Thursday to share wonderful news about the dog who had been homeless for far too long; she wrote:

“Saturday was one of the happiest days of my life! After 3 long years in the shelter and a turbulent and inconsistent past, I was able to process Layla’s adoption!”

Carey’s persistence had finally paid off – a video that she and her boyfriend, Jay, made for Layla was discovered and then posted by BarkBox. Thanks to the New York company’s expanded audience, the video finally reached the couple that was destined to be Layla’s new family.

Carey recounted how things unfolded:

“Layla’s new parents discovered her story all the way out on the east coast! They drove about 700 miles from Maryland on the chance it would all work out… and it did! John and Lilya are two of the loveliest people I’ve met and we text every day. They feel like family.”

She added:

“I wasn’t ever going to give up on Layla and if I had a larger house without other animals I would have already adopted her myself. After dedicating so much time and passion into Layla, I’m so grateful she will finally have a warm home for the holidays!”

It was Carey’s determination which finally resulted in a home for Layla, but she was quick to remind everyone that she is not alone in her commitment to the homeless shelter pets:

“I know I treated Layla as my own, but there are so many workers at the shelter and are in the trenches day after day giving their all. This isn’t just a job for me, it’s a cause for which I will always fight. Though we have our struggles, victories like these are what fill our work with purpose!”

 Find the prior article about Layla at this link.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.