This Dog Was Left At A Shelter For Almost 7 Years, Begging For A Family To Adopt Her

A Tale Too Long

Imagine going years knowing no one wanted you. This was the reality for one lonely pooch at the shelter. After seven years, would anyone come save her?

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A dog's life is always too short – just ask any loving dog owner. So when a dog spends more time than is necessary in a shelter, it's especially heartbreaking for volunteers and shelter workers. A shelter's goal for all of the homeless dogs is to find them each a wonderful forever home. But what happens when that's an impossible task?

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Homeless Bound

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Imagine the utter dismay of volunteers at the Santa Barbara Humane Society in Santa Barbara, California, when finding that ideal forever home for a young, beautiful American Staffordshire terrier proved to be difficult, to say the least. What would become of this wonderful young dog? Surely there had to be someone out there who would adopt her, wasn't there?

Loneliest Days

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Meet Dahlia, a female stray who found herself at the shelter at the tender age of six months old. Being a lovable, silly and playful pup, no one expected Dahlia to be at the shelter for long. Wow, was everyone wrong. Dahlia sat at the shelter, day after day, watching those around her get adopted. But no one came for her.

Was She Unadoptable?

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Why didn't anyone want this gorgeous, soulful dog? Why was Dahlia left at the shelter, month after month and year after year? Volunteers couldn't understand it. She was a shelter favorite. Dahlia played in playgroups, took trips to the beach, lounged in the sun and played in the pool. How could other people not see how special Dahlia was?

Longest Resident

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As Dahlia's stay at the shelter lingered on, reaching day number 2,531 – just shy of seven years – the shelter put out a desperate plea on its Facebook page, asking people to share her story so this sweet girl could finally be adopted. Her story was shared roughly a thousand times as the heartstrings of animal lovers everywhere were pulled beyond capacity. Would she finally get her home?

No Bites

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The humane society was overwhelmed with inquiries regarding Dahlia. They received numerous applications from people interested in adopting her from all over the country. Dahlia even became a bit of a celebrity after appearing on the local news and in news articles. But even after all of the publicity, Dahlia still hadn't been adopted. Was her savior anywhere out there? What if Dahlia never found her home?

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