LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Hundreds of animals are adopted by the Capital Humane Society each year, but one dog’s journey took four years to find a permanent home. She is the longest-raised animal at the Humane Society, spending almost half of her life in a room alone.
The Baby Girl is a popular animal at the Humane Society. With special and medical needs, she could not find the right place to have a permanent home. It wasn’t until the spring of this year when a Lincoln woman worked for months to earn Baby Girl’s trust and finally found her a home.
She turned herself in to the Capital Humane Society in December 2017, after getting into a fight with other dogs at her previous home.
Now she’s in Kristy Raley’s arms. A 25-year-old man from Lincoln works two jobs. Raley’s father passed away a few years ago and she suffers from anxiety and depression. She had a seizure last year and needed a mental support animal.
“I went to the Capital Humane Society and Baby Girl website on the last page,” says Raley.
Shepard’s cross, a 9-year-old Pit Bull, was the last dog Raley visited and Humane Society staffers expressed apprehension.
“Tell me not to spoil her, not even make eye contact. Just let her come to you and what not,” Raley was told by the Humane Society.
Although both hit the mark, six months of weekly visits were accepted.
“A lot of effort to get her to open up to me,” Raley said.
Matt Madcahro, chief executive officer, said: “She is the longest kept dog we have at Pieloch Pet Adoption Center.
Baby Girl’s gotcha day is March 15, nearly four and a half years after the surrender. Others adopted the Girl, but brought her back just a few weeks later.
“I don’t know what she’s been through, but you can’t sit there and judge her, you can’t judge the Humane Society because most people are; they kept her that long, it was tough,” Raley said.
Baby Girl takes thyroid medication and struggles with men, other dogs, and children. Over the past three months, she’s become spoiled by Raley and has four beds, instead of one at the Humane Society.
“She had a lot of special needs, and I’m glad I fulfilled all of them because she fulfilled me and I fulfilled hers,” Raley said.
It is the main animal season at the Humane Society right now. They have lots of puppies and kittens along with adult cats and dogs if you are looking to add to your family. They also have a foster program for people who are looking to help animals but can’t make it to life long.
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