Dog Adopted After Spending 8 Years in Shelter

After spending years waiting patiently for a forever home, a shelter dog has been given her first taste of freedom – and we have you to thank for making it happen.

Hailey in her new home.

Many of our readers were heartbroken to hear the tale of an 8 year old dog languishing in a rural Missouri pound after spending her entire life in confinement. Our inbox was flooded with your questions after we shared her Petfinder listing recently, and it was apparent that many of you were on a mission to spring Hailey from her kennel at the Dogwood Animal Shelter. We’re happy to tell you that mission has been accomplished.

Late last week, an anonymous man took her home. The shelter was bombarded with correspondence from around the world after you shared her story, and told us that they were taking calls from as far away as the U.K. After a few hectic days, Hailey’s new guardian was selected from a list of applicants.  He tells the shelter that aside from being slightly anxious at times, she’s settling in well. Considering that she spent so many years in a kennel, that’s a solid start.

We’ll offer another follow up when Hailey is fully settled. In the meantime, please know that you made all of the difference for this sweet, deserving dog. Thank you for another success story.

Original article continued below.

Hailey is celebrating her 8th birthday. She has been at Dogwood Animal Shelter since she was two months old. This is the longest a dog has ever been at Dogwood – a no kill shelter in Osage Beach, MO.

Hailey has been at the shelter longer than any other animal, coming to Dogwood as a puppy in June of 2004. Solid black dogs are difficult to adopt. That must be part of the reason for her extended stay, because Hailey is a great dog.

Dogwood’s bittersweet newsletter listing for Hailey broke our hearts: Happy birthday to Hailey, happy birthday to me! Having another birthday here at the shelter is kinda bittersweet. I love having a birthday – all the attention and goodies! But it’s also a reminder that one more year has passed and I still don’t have a home of my own. I’ve been here longer than anyone else; came when I was two months and I was eight years old April 1st! Could you come by the shelter soon? Maybe take me for a walk or just give me a pat on the head for my birthday. I’ll take whatever love you give.

She minds well, is great on a leash, and is extremely sweet and loving. She loves to roll in the grass, though she doesn’t get many opportunities. She is particular about what dogs will be her friends, however. Hailey is spayed, house trained, and weighs 64 pounds.

And she needs to be free. Please open your heart and your home to this deserving girl. For all pertinent information, please visit her Petfinder listing.




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  • April 24, 2012 10:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandy

    So very happy for her.

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  • April 24, 2012 10:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Alesia

    this is great

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    April 24, 2012 10:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dee

    wow…freeeedom…..

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    April 24, 2012 10:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Helen

    yay…finally!!!

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  • April 24, 2012 10:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Barb

    Thank God! Been following her story! God Bless Hailey!

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    April 24, 2012 10:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    Yay! So happy for Hailey, may she have the best life ever <3

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  • April 24, 2012 11:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pam

    Yes, oh YES!!! Have a happy well deserved forever home, Hailey!

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  • April 24, 2012 11:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Barb

    AWESOME

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    April 24, 2012 11:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Erin

    Omg poor baby!! So glad she’s got a home now. 8 years!! I really feel sometimes like breeding should be illegal till all shelter and rescue animals have homes!!

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    April 24, 2012 11:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sally

    Thank you

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    April 24, 2012 11:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Denise

    warms my heart.. she finally got a home.. should never have taken that long..

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  • April 24, 2012 11:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cheryl

    Ok that is awesome news…so happy for Hailey….hope she is getting spoiled.

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  • April 24, 2012 11:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    Fnally! What wonderful news!

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    April 24, 2012 11:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    WOW I’m SO HAPPY!

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    April 24, 2012 11:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nicki

    Hailey, so happy for you old girl. Be happy and free and eat up as much loving as you can. For the man that adopted this wonderful girl…thank you and GOD bless you!

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  • April 24, 2012 11:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Candace

    <3

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  • April 24, 2012 11:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Elaine

    Excellent news!!!

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    April 24, 2012 11:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gina

    So glad to hear a success story! This story broke my heart.

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  • April 24, 2012 11:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Liz

    I am so thankful that Hailey is finally home.

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    April 24, 2012 11:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vickie

    that is sooooooooooo great

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    April 24, 2012 11:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Teri

    Have a great life Haily…you certainly deserve the best…and God Bless your new family…

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  • April 25, 2012 12:27 amPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    that is so wonderful, God has given these people an angel to share life with.

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    June 4, 2012 9:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    dj ritchie

    I had shared Hialey on my dog page and actually had a lady in Iowa interested in her, but they said she was not good with other dogs. So happy to see she is on her way to live the rest of her life with someone!

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