UPDATE:  Dog in Shelter for ELEVEN Years Finally Adopted!

“Olive has left the building and tonight, for the first time in almost 11 years, she will sleep at home, belonging to someone who will love her forever.”

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Back in August we told you about Olive, the Yonkers Animal Shelter’s longest resident.  She’s an absolute doll, but adoptions never panned out, so from the time she was a puppy, she lived behind bars at the shelter.  Until now.

This comes from a tribute by the Yonkers Animal Shelter:


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Miracles don’t happen. You make them happen. They’re not wishes or dreams or candles on a cake. They require you to never stop hoping, never stop believing and never stop trying. They’re not impossible, but sometimes even miracles take a little time. This one took almost 11 years.

We can’t believe we finally get to type these words. OLIVE HAS BEEN ADOPTED. Yup, you read correctly. Olive has left the building and tonight, for the first time in almost 11 years, she will sleep at home, belonging to someone who will love her forever.


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As you can imagine, it is a bittersweet day at the shelter. While we are beyond thrilled for her, we will selfishly miss that sweet face that has been part of our lives for so long. Many tears have been shed here today, but for a change they are happy tears. While Olive has been very loved and well cared for here, a shelter is not a home.

No longer will Olive be alone for 20 hours a day, no longer will she close her eyes behind bars wondering if tomorrow will be her day.  TODAY was her today. Today her life was forever changed and that would not have been possible without all of you who like us, never gave up and continued to share her story until she got home.


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While Olive’s new mom is not a stranger to our shelter, (she was a savior to one of our previous dogs), she only saw Olive’s story through the power of your sharing – SHARING CHANGES LIVES.  Happy life sweet Olive… thinking of you sleeping curled up safe at home tonight just warms our soul.  You waited way too long, but sometimes best things in life are worth waiting for.

It’s taking time to adjust to her new life, but that’s hardly a surprise.  However, she instantly bonded with her new family, so Olive will likely settle in as an actual family member in no time at all.


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156 thoughts on “UPDATE:  Dog in Shelter for ELEVEN Years Finally Adopted!

  1. SAD in a way as she will miss everyone and her heart is probably broken but happy she has a home of her own finally- unbreak her heart new mom…What I want to know is how it is no one adopt her in 11 years? ELEVEN YEARS. From a new puppy?

  2. Yay Olive !!
    Home sweet Home baby girl.
    Play Love Run (within the yard)
    Happy Trails Sweet Olive ~ *
    God Bless You
    St Francis please watch over Olive and her new family

  3. Love, Peace and Happiness to you, sweet Olive and your Forever Family. Now you will live happily ever after! Bless you all.XOX

  4. And thank you for being the kind of shelter to give a dog like Olive a chance..for 11 years, instead if just discarding her as a lost cause.

  5. So sad….. God please give Olive some extra years so she truly can enjoy her new family and bless the shelter for giving her love and not putting her down…

  6. Bless her and the people that adopted her. Good on the shelter for looking so well after her. My rescue dog has given me joy and love for 8 years . She is doll.

  7. eleven yrs ??? something not right there , disgusting , one of the staff cud of took her home surely or more cud of been done

  8. Thanks so much to those who are going to love her for the years she has left. A big thank you to the shelter also. So many are put to sleep if they are considered unlikely to be adopted x

  9. May she have a wonderful, happy life in her new home with a family who showers her with love and affection. Would love to stay updated on how she’s doing in her new home!

  10. Thank u for setting this poor baby free & giving her a loving home for the rest of her life !!!! I hope that she can adjust well. Ur truly an ANGEL !!!! ?????

  11. that is the saddest story….that she has had to spend her life in a cage…sorry but they didn’t do enough…they should have moved her to a different shelter where she would have been more adoptable. If You Love Me, Put a Leash On Me

  12. So very sad she had to spend the majority of her short life in a shelter but it’s nice to see she will enjoy her later years being (hopefully) loved and spoiled.

  13. So sad it took so long but thank God she found her forever loving home! Lots of love and happiness to you Olive and a big thank you to the wonderful family who adopted her! God bless!????????????

  14. That’s no life for a dog. Feel bad in this case, hope she enjoys her new home. At 11 years she will have some anxiety problems, I’m sure.

  15. Sounds like Olive was loved all those years but such a shame not being in her own loving home since being a puppy. So happy to hear she has a new home to enjoy the rest of her life.

  16. What an awesome story. Wish we had more shelters like this, and more folks willing to adopt older dogs. Thanks to everyone involved in this happy ending.

  17. Thank you to the shelter for not killing her and caring for her all those years. God bless the woman who adopted her. Our last rescue was a shelter favorite who was there a long time with no adoptions. He has given us so much more than we could give him.

  18. The best news of the day….wishing Olive and her furever family a lifetime of happinesses… Bless you, good people in the shelter for taking care of this sweet baby for all these years!!!

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