Sweet Pitbull Dumped by Owners Spends Over 3 Years in Shelter Searching for Forever Home

Needing to surrender a beloved pet to the shelter can be heart wrenching and unfortunately, a little embarrassing. Shelter staff are trained to be helpful, understanding, and supportive during the difficult process, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Still, if you can’t care for your dog anymore, the best thing to do is to surrender them to a shelter

Unfortunately, not all dog owners make the right choice. 

Oreo—a now 8-year-old Pitbull—had a family and a home for the first five years of her life. Instead of giving their sweet, devoted canine companion a shot at a new home, Oreo’s humans chose to dump the dog and leave. Thankfully, Oreo was found by rescuers, but life hasn’t exactly been very kind to this sweet senior Pitbull. 

Dog up for adoption: Oreo

Now, more than three years after being dumped, Oreo is a long-time shelter resident. Stressed and desperate for a forever home to live out her golden years, Oreo is looking for someone to give her a second chance at life. 

Stuck in a Shelter with No Adopters in Sight

Oreo arrived at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter on March 29th, 2021 after being dumped by her previous family. Obviously feeling lost, scared, and sad, Oreo still managed to show her sweet disposition, and it seemed clear that she would be adopted quickly. Sadly, this wouldn’t be the case. 

Dog up for adoption: Oreo

Oreo’s shelter stay dragged on and on. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and eventually months turned into years. Now more than three years later, Oreo has spent over 1,100 days in the shelter with no serious adopters showing her any interest. 

Why hasn’t Oreo been adopted? Well, it certainly confuses the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter staff who say that she is sweet, loving, full of energy, and loves to cuddle with her people

Searching for the Perfect Home for a Senior Pitbull

Adopters might not have shown interest in Oreo for a few reasons yet. Firstly, she’s a Pitbull—Pitbulls and Pitbull mixes are some of the most abundant dogs at animal shelters but aren’t in very high demand. Getting Pitties adopted can be very difficult, and for Oreo, the problem is made more complicated by her coat color. 

Dog up for adoption: Oreo

It’s well known in animal rescue that black dogs are more difficult to find homes for than brown, white, gray, brindle, patterned, or dogs of other colors. Oreo needs to be an “only dog” in a pet-free and child-free home, meaning no kids, cats, or other small critters are running around. 

The perfect family to adopt Oreo would be a single person or an adult couple who likes to stay active. Oreo has lots of energy, loves to run, and loves to play fetch, but she’d love to spend her evenings snuggled on the couch after a day of playing and having fun. 

Could you be Oreo’s perfect match? If you live near Long Island, New York, consider visiting Oreo at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Dog up for adoption: Oreo

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