Perfect Shelter Dog Overlooked for Two Years Still Yearning for a Forever Home

No dog wants to earn the unprestigious title of the longest shelter resident. Sadly, this is the only title some shelter pups — as perfect as they are — relate to as months go by with no one showing interest in them. One such dog is Bessie, a 4-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier yearning to find the perfect home to call her own.

Perfect Shelter Dog Overlooked for Two Years Still Yearning for a Forever Home

Bessie has been at the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch for over two years now, and even though staff and volunteers love her dearly, there’s nothing they wish for more than to see Bessie walk out their doors with her new family.

Ever since she arrived at the shelter, Bessie has had to watch potential adopters pass her by as though she has nothing to offer. Yet, the shelter describes her as a 100% certified good girl with a heart of gold that’s equal parts of squishy sweet, and fun-loving. 

Lucky is the Person Who’ll Adopt Bessie

Perfect Shelter Dog Overlooked for Two Years Still Yearning for a Forever Home

After two years, Bessie silently wishes for her turn to come. She hopes someone will see past her tough exterior, fall in love with her, and take her home. Beneath it all, she’s a loving and affectionate dog who would bring warmth and love to any home.

While there are no right words to describe how mentally and emotionally exhausting it is to be an overlooked pup at the shelter, there’s one thing that makes these dogs stand out from the rest: their readiness to give their all to the person who finally breaks the pattern and takes a chance on them. 

Dogs like Bessie — who represent the nearly 1.1 million dogs that aren’t adopted from shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) — are often so appreciative when they find a permanent home because they know what it’s like to desperately long for one.

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With every passing day, their actions will remind you that you made the right decision to open your heart and door to them. 

Perfect Shelter Dog Overlooked for Two Years Still Yearning for a Forever Home

Bessie’s Counting on You for a Happy Ever After 

Bessie is a stalwart companion desperate to find the right person who will fall — and fall hard, for that matter — with all the fabulous sides of her. She is, as the shelter calls her, a social butterfly who wins over people with her charm. 

Bessie has a soft spot for the outdoors and nature, and will therefore thrive best if paired with someone who’s as equally active as her. While her good manners (you’ll be super impressed with her leash discipline) and confidence leave the shelter staff in awe, she still doesn’t mind if her special person remains dedicated to her obedience training and socialization. 

Bessie desires a home where she will be the center of attention, receive all the belly rubs on demand, and snuggle with her humans to her heart’s content. Oh, she’s also crazy about playtime with toys, so her short checklist of her ideal adopter includes someone who will spoil her with all the amazing toys the pet world has to offer.

If you would like to give Bessie the happy, forever home she richly deserves, please reach out to the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch for more information.  

Perfect Shelter Dog Overlooked for Two Years Still Yearning for a Forever Home

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