Adorable dog at the New York State shelter for nearly two years

If you or one of your family members are looking for a dog to add to the family, it’s a good idea to try a local animal shelter.

Some people might assume that any dog ​​in an animal shelter is there for a good reason, such as behavior, but often a dog is in a shelter through no fault of their own.

Maybe the dog was with an abusive owner. Or a family decides they can no longer maintain a dog and takes it to a shelter. There are also abandoned dogs in the streets.

My fiancée and I adopted a pitbull/beagle mix named Odessa in 2018 from the SPCA, and it was the best decision we’ve ever made. She had no history; all the shelter knew was that she was 18 months old and from Ohio. He’s the nicest dog I’ve ever seen in my life. It baffles me why she’s still here.

There’s a lovely dog ​​that’s been at the Niagara SPCA for over 600 days, and they need help getting her adopted.

Her name is Leia and the Niagara SPCA released an update on Leia on Wednesday morning.

I remember posting about Leia in August of last year, and it’s hard to believe she’s still looking for a forever home.

It breaks my heart to see dogs like Leia staying in shelters for so long. She probably thinks the SPCA is her forever home, since she’s been there 613 days.

Let’s help get Leia adopted!

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