LINCOLN, Nebraska. (COLNE) – The Metropolitan Humane Society adopts hundreds of animals every year, but it took four years for one dog to find a permanent home. She was the longest-serving animal in the Humane Society, spending almost half of her life in a room alone.
Baby Girl is a popular animal in the Humane Society. With medical and special needs, she simply could not find a suitable option for permanent residence. That was until this spring, when a Lincoln woman worked for months to gain Baby Girl’s trust and eventually find her a home.
She was turned over to the Metropolitan Society for the Protection of Animals in December 2017 after fighting with other dogs at her previous home.
Now she is in the arms of Christie Reilly. A 25-year-old Lincoln resident working two jobs. Rayleigh’s father died a few years ago and she suffers from anxiety and depression. She had a seizure last year and needed an emotional support animal.
“I went to the Society for the Humane website and the very last page was “Baby,” Rayleigh said.
A 9-year-old Australian Shepherd, a pit bull mix, was the last dog Rayleigh visited, and Humane Society staff were concerned.
“Tell me don’t stroke her, don’t even make eye contact. Just let her come to you and what not,” Rayleigh said at the Humane Society.
Even though the two hit it off, six months of weekly visits went towards adoption.
“A lot of effort to even get her to open up to me,” Rayleigh said.
“She is the longest serving dog at the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center. Most dogs are usually adopted within a week or two or less,” said CEO Matt Madcaro.
Baby Girl’s birthday was March 15, almost four and a half years after she was turned in. Others adopted Baby but got her back after only a few weeks.
“I don’t know what she went through, but you can’t sit and judge her, you can’t judge the Humane Society either, because that’s how most people are; they held her for so long that it must have been hard,” Rayleigh said.
She is on thyroid medication and has a hard time being around men, other dogs and children. She’s been spoiled by Rayleigh for the last three months and has four beds instead of one at the Humane Society.
“She really had a lot of special needs and I’m glad I fulfilled all the requirements because she completes me and I complete her too,” Rayleigh said.
Now in the Society for the Protection of Animals the main season. They have many puppies and kittens, as well as adult cats and dogs if you want to complete your family. They also have an admissions program for those who want to help animals but cannot make a lifetime commitment.
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