Clover has spent two-thirds of her life in an animal shelter. The volunteers desperately want to find her a home of her own — in fact, during the video of Clover with a volunteer, the voice of the person telling Clover’s story breaks as she fights to keep from crying.
Clover has just had the anniversary of her second year at the Yonkers New York Animal Shelter. This is not a happy anniversary. “She had a very nice family who were set to adopt her. She bonded beautifully with them, cuddled with them, took treats nicely. They came three or four times, and then the landlord said small dogs only. Now you might say this IS a small dog, and she is. But they said like a yorkie, 20 pounds or smaller.”
The narrator of the video goes on to talk about how sweet Clover is and how gentle she is with visitors. She mentions that usually, to get a good video of a dog, treats are needed. Not with Clover. Clover is happy to just stand by the volunteer, enjoying the stroking, and wagging her tail and getting closer when the volunteer stops petting her.
It’s when she’s saying that Clover is just over three years old and has been at the shelter for two-thirds of her life that the tears creep into the voice of the speaker. “There’s no reason for it,” she says emotionally. “Usually dogs are overlooked because of their behavior, but she’s sweet and gentle.”
The shelter workers are asking that people share Clover’s story to help her find a home. Clover is a young dog who was used for breeding and then abandoned. In spite of the neglect in her past, she is calm and gentle and loves people. She does need to be an only pet, but with that caveat, she would do fine in many different living situations — so long as she is the only pet. She does behave well when passing other dogs on walks; it’s just at home where she needs to be the center of attention.
The biggest challenge for dogs like Clover is that those most likely to adopt her already have other dogs. So the shelter wrote on her Facebook post:
“But, that doesn’t mean there’s not a home out there! Please put on your thinking caps. Maybe you know someone who…
…just got a house for the first time and hasn’t gotten a dog “yet”
…lost a beloved pet and is ready to fall in love again
…recently left the military and is planning to settle down locally
… is about to see a child off to college and has room for a new “kid” in the house.”
Clover is listed on PetFinder. There may be more information on her Facebook page. The Yonkers Animal Shelter is at 1000 Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers, NY 10710. Their phone number is (201) 981-3215. Interested people can also email: Lesliem147@gmail.com. The shelter is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 to 4:00.