Volunteer Cries in Video of Dog Who Has Been at the Shelter for 738 Days

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.

Pamela Kramer

​Animal lover and rescuer. Lives with 4 cats, 4 dogs, 1 bird, 2 frogs and usually one foster animal (and very understanding husband). Reviews books (especially about animals) and educates children about compassion toward animals. Former household animals include rabbits, rats, and other assorted creatures. Also writes at pamelakramer.com


  1. Sandi Hedgcoth says:

    Oh gosh…I didn’t read far enough before my first comment. For some reason I thot she was local, then saw NY. 🙁 I still can’t believe someone hasn’t come thru yet. Heartbreaking.

  2. Sandi Hedgcoth says:

    Read a little bit, saw the length of shelter time and said “I’m getting this dog immediately”. Then I saw the part about being the only pet. I have 2 other dogs. If I could make this work for her, I would in a heartbeat. I mean, is it a sure thing…that she can’t go to a home with other pets? I HATE that she’s been there so long.

  3. nora coyle says:

    TY for the publicity for this baby. Wish you could do it for all the shelters. I wish you would do an expose on OC shelter in So Cal. They are abominable. They have all the money to build a pretty shelter, but they kill healthy dogs when the cages are empty. What do I have to do to get you to come here and do that?

    I try to network for the rescues from the shelters. I know a lot of rescuers who would be more than happy to discuss this horrible problem we have here. Our city council won’t even put it on their agenda or listen to us. We need the world to know the most affluent county in the country treats animals so abysmally.

    Thank you for your time. I am happy to talk with you directly. I have a Master’s degree in social work and am articulate as are many of the wonderful rescuers here who are appalled. Direct contact information is: 714-693-1061.

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