Shelter Finds Program For ‘Spirited’ Dog Who Kept Losing Her Home

A spirited, young dog named “Stella” has had a rough time keeping homes. The Labrador retriever mix is just over a year of age and she has lost multiple homes because she has too much energy for families to handle. In her short life, Stella has been adopted and then returned, time and again…her rambunctious energy apparently is too much for the average family to handle.

Fortunately, the staff at the Humane Society of Broward County was determined to see this spirited pup find her place in the world. Thanks to a volunteer named Sabrina, who noticed that Stella had an exceptional ball drive (she can literally play for hours), this high energy pup is going to enter a program through the National Disaster Search Foundation to be trained as a search-and-rescue dog.

Jinnette Pantalone, the admissions associate at the Humane Society of Broward County shelter, explained the decision to enroll Stella in a training program to the Sun-Sentinel:

“A dog like her really needs a job. She’s not a hang-out-on-the-couch kind of dog. She’s just very focused and has a lot of energy. The good news is that energy can be harnessed.”

On Thursday, the animal shelter uploaded a video which showcases Stella’s story to its Facebook page, along with a few words about the efforts to help this homeless pup find her true calling:

Here at the Humane Society of Broward County, we do more than just adopt pets to families… we work to find the best future for every animal that enters our shelter.

Such was the case with Stella, a rambunctious and spirited Labrador retriever mix who is just over a year old.

Stella is the first dog from the shelter to enter the search-and-rescue training program – shelter officials intend to attend her graduation ceremony.

In the unlikely event that Stella doesn’t make it through the training program, the National Disaster Search Foundation will find her a home.

Shelter Facebook page here.

Shelter Website here.

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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.