Dahlia arrived at the Santa Barbara Humane Society (SBHS) in California in October of 2008, but when she first got there, no one could have possibly known just how long her stay there would be
Now, almost 7 years later, it's way past time for sweet Dahlia for be adopted into her forever home.
When Dahlia arrived at the shelter she was only 6 months old, now, she's 7. When she was brought into the shelter and given up, it was only because her owner couldn't keep her any longer.
Typically, it's much easier for puppies to get adopted than it is for the older dogs however, for what ever reason, Dahlia kept slipping through the cracks.
One reason why Dahlia could still be at the shelter is that she has a tendency to be a bit shy at first. "She is a little timid when meeting new people but once she gets to know you she is such a sweetheart," said Erica Jackson, one of the canine adoption counselors at SBHS.
Desperate for Dahlia to find a loving forever home, SBHS posted a photo of her on Facebook, which featured Dahlia posing next to a sign that gave a detailed description of exactly how many days she's spent there at the shelter, at the time the sign was made - which was 2,531 days, to be exact.
As of right now, Dahlia is the shelter's longest residing resident. As much as the staff at the shelter loves her, they want nothing more than for her to know just how wonderful it is to have a forever home of her own.
"I know her transition into a home will be a hard one because of her length of stay at our shelter, but I'm hoping that right person will come forward and want to dedicate time to her," said Jackson.
Dahlia's interests include playing outside and splashing in kiddie pools, she also enjoys quiet moments and giving kisses to the people that she loves.
Dahlia was brought to the shelter when she was just a puppy, so she's never really known what it feels like to be a part of a family. Let's not let her go even one more day without knowing what that feels like!
The best suited home for Dahlia, would be one that has no other pets, and it would be wonderful if her new forever home were somewhere relatively close to the shelter, so that her transition would be easier to make.
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Let's spread the word about her so that she can find her forever home very soon!