Rescue Dog Overlooked For Years Until Veteran Adopts Her After 866 Days In Shelter

Charlize is a 4-year-old pit bull mix who plays well with dogs and people. But the dog’s boundless energy was too much for some, hence the lively pup’s lengthy residence in a Delaware shelter.

“Can anyone guess how long I’ve been waiting? Well, I’ve been at Delaware SPCA since July 7th, 2018! Seems crazy, right?” rescuers wrote on Facebook as Charlize became the shelter’s longest resident. “The kennel can be stressful from time to time especially being here so long,” the rescued dog ‘confided.’ “I’m ready to cuddle up on the couch in my forever home.”

But the heart-wrenching post still failed to get Charlize adopted, which seemed especially unfair because the dog had already spent 5 months in a different shelter before transferring to Delaware SPCA! As the months ticked by, it started to look like poor Charlize might never meet anyone who wanted to take her home.

But on Charlize’s 866th day in the Delaware shelter, this patient dog finally got her big break. After years of being overlooked, Charlize was adopted by a U.S. veteran, Matthew, who had recently returned from deployment.

According to Fox 32, Matthew and his girlfriend Anna had just purchased a house, and they wanted a shelter pup to help make it feel like a home. When the couple met Charlize – who was cute, friendly, and shared their great enthusiasm for outdoor activities – they knew they’d found their missing family member.

“We weren’t aware of how long she had been in the shelter until we met her and honestly couldn’t figure it out,” Anna said. “She was such a sweetie the whole time we were there meeting her! And now, seeing how excited she is to be home and with people loving her makes us so happy!”

Although Charlize spent most of her life in a shelter, the rescued pup quickly adapted to her new role as the family dog. Within weeks, Charlize was even sharing the big bed with Matthew and Anna, who have no regrets about giving Charlize a home. “I am happy that she seems to trust us already,” Anna said. “It’s like we have known her much longer than we have.”

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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