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Sun, Jan 11 | By Amy Lieberman | 993

Honey the dog is just as sweet as her name implies, yet she has remained shelter-bound for nearly seven years. She's only one of millions whose minor quirks -- whether behavioral or medical -- keep them waiting endlessly for someone to take them hom… more ›

Seven Years Bad Luck Keeps Dog at Shelter
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brenda
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brenda
5 years ago

When I read this is really broke my heart. I only hope that those who can have a dog or a cat that don't have one helps. It doesn't matter how they look, they
all need a home. My cat passed away and I wanted to let a little time pass before getting another one but I sure will open the doors to another cat or dog that needs a home. Not only offer my home but also volunteer at the local shelters.

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Amanda C.
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Amanda C.
5 years ago

It is so sad to hear about these animals who are having a hard time finding forever homes, but at the same time it is great to know that the people at the shelters with them realize that they deserve to have the chance to find homes no matter how long it takes. Good luck guys, it'll be worth the wait to find the perfect families.

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Briana G.
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Briana G.
5 years ago

Poor dogs. I hope someone will adopt one of those pets.

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Sisa
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Sisa
5 years ago

I am so hoping that someone reading this story will decide to offer this poor dog a home.

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Doris K.
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Doris K.
5 years ago

Would it be possible for these shelters to make a deal with other shelters to take these animals, and in turn, take some of theirs. Not sure if I'm making sense, but maybe a change of location would bring different possible adopters. Just a thought.

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Sisa
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Sisa
5 years ago

I actually think that it might be a great idea.

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Amy W.
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Amy W.
5 years ago

Aw. =(

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christina p.
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christina p.
5 years ago

I think it's a shame the dog has been brought back twice. I think if somebody with more patience and understanding took her home, things could work out. But I bet more time in the shelter and those returns likely compounded some of the dog's behavior issues.

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Diane S.
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Diane S.
5 years ago

Seven years in a shelter is a long time. It sounds like honey needs an owner that is willing to take her to a behavior specialist. I hope she finds someone soon.

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Tania F.
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Tania F.
5 years ago

poor honey - i wish she could find a home

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GEMalaby
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GEMalaby
5 years ago

I hope a patient, loving family comes to the rescue soon!

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June L.
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June L.
5 years ago

My heart breaks for the animals that aren't adopted. At the same time, however, I am grateful for the shelters that don't give up on them and provide them the best life possible.

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Jeepnferretlover
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Jeepnferretlover
5 years ago

I agree, it is sad that they aren't finding homes. It is nice to know they are getting every chance to find a good home. Maybe someone on here will see them and help them out...

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Dawn B.
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Dawn B.
5 years ago

Did Honey ever find a Forever home? In a perfect world we would not need shelters but in this world we do and I am so thankful for them!

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Granbarb
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Granbarb
5 years ago

There's a home for every animal out there...the challenge is finding it!

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angie j.
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angie j.
5 years ago

Poor sweethearts! Hopefully for them, and all shelter animals out there with similar stories, their forever home is on the way!

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Jean H.
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Jean H.
5 years ago

I think every no kill shelter has similar stories. It's a challenge to find people willing to deal with special needs, but they are out there!

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Meghan C.
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Meghan C.
5 years ago

I really home those animals find their forever homes soon!

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Sue A.
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Sue A.
5 years ago

I have always heard that there is someone for everyone, so I hope these animals find their someone soon.

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Fahselc
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Fahselc
5 years ago

I hope someone adopts her but maybe the shelter has been a home to her.

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Joe C.
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Joe C.
5 years ago

Maybe some non-adoptable dogs should be dealt with in a more humane way than keeping them in a kennel for year after year.

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Granbarb
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Granbarb
5 years ago

Wow...that's a long time. I hope she's got a decent quality of life there.

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Carol L.
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Carol L.
5 years ago

I, too, hope these dogs find homes. 7 years is a long time to live ina shelter.

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Kia M.
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Kia M.
5 years ago

Aw, I hope these dogs find good homes.

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Mabaer
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Mabaer
5 years ago

I hope these dogs find homes. It's good they are at "no kill" shelters, but it doesn't compare to life at a home.

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D&R
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D&R
5 years ago

Honey is a real honey and she would make someone such a good companion.

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Qakeith
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Qakeith
5 years ago

Poor thing needs a home to go to and a lap to lay on!

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Traceylbosinski
5 years ago

I have to believe everything happens for a reason. Here's hoping that after this fellow gets the media attention he will have a place to call home permanetly. It's wonderful that the place he calls home at the moment doesn't have a time limit on tenancy or life.

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Mary
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Mary
5 years ago

It's sad that animals with easily treated medical conditions are not adopted.

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JOYCE S.
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JOYCE S.
5 years ago

This is so sad - but I strongly feel there's a home out there for everyone. Her forever home will come along one day.

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Breinn L.
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Breinn L.
5 years ago

This is in reference to the pit bulls. I feel very strongly about people getting to know a breed before they judge them. The best dog I have ever had was a rott and people always just assumed that she was mean and that she would bite them if they came near. In reality, she was the sweetest dog ever. The trainer has an extreme amount of power whether an animal is nice or mean. Rotts, pit bulls, dobermans, german shepards, boxers. They all get a bad rap because they are very strong, cunning dogs and some people take those traits and use them for bad.

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HEAVYD
5 years ago

It'd be neat to be able to adopt a lot of dogs. I hope they find good homes.

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Megan N.
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Megan N.
5 years ago

Geez....that just tears me up to hear about these poor dogs. I wish I could adopt them all! Maybe someone will read this story and step up for them.

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Amy k.
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Amy k.
5 years ago

Theres someone out there for everyone....best wishes

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deb o.
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deb o.
5 years ago

These stories break my heart but it is nice to know that they have not been given up on by everyone! Kudos to the shelters and their workers who work so hard with all of these animals!

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Mark W.
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Mark W.
5 years ago

I do not understand why someone who has no pets, but wants a dog, can't go in and adopt honey. The two pit bulls I would love to be able to take in. The only thing is that I have my own right now. With three dogs to care for I do not see being able to afford to take in two more.

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Jenniferdmaddox
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Jenniferdmaddox
5 years ago

This is so sad. Reading articles such as this is so upsetting. I always have the internal part screaming "I will bring you home to live with us!!", but I know that realistically, I cannot do that. These cases are so very sad. I could not imagine any animal having to live in a cage for all those years without being able to play with children or run around in a house.

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ellen  L.
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ellen L.
5 years ago

there is an aniamal for every person hopefully his will show up soon

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Boyscoutdad
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Boyscoutdad
5 years ago

All pets need a home.

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Davenumber2
5 years ago

My Milo is a shelter dog and he has TONS of behavioral issues. That said I would never think a thought about taking him back. We got a second dog just for him. Bought a house, put in a privacy fence. We have done training and everything but he just has behavioral issues. He growls, howls and claws at all people that walk by the window.

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Laurie  R.
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Laurie R.
5 years ago

I'm not going to be very popular with this opinion but I don't think it's fair to keep animals cooped up in shelters for months and years on end. I've worked in a shelter and oftentimes the shelter life will cause more behavior problems than cure them. Plus there is a liability to the shelter to adopt out an animal that is known to have aggressive tendencies....especially in this sue happy world.

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Kathy
5 years ago

These poor babies, I can just see their faces when people come to look for the furpet to take home, "take me, take me"......poor Rocky, there has to be someone on the Nature Coast that can give him a loving home. I'm rooting for you Rocky.

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Norman C.
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Norman C.
5 years ago

Honey, we're gonna get you out!

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Jessica S.
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Jessica S.
5 years ago

Poor babies. I hope more people are willing to open their hearts to the less-adoptable dogs.

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Jessica S.
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Jessica S.
5 years ago

(and cats)

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Jessica C.
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Jessica C.
5 years ago

I totally agree...poor sweeties! Personally my husband and I try to adopt the animals that seem less likely to be adopted. My husband calls them "charity cases" and they always turn out to be such awesome pets!! (Maybe this is why we have a deaf yorkie, a beagle who doesn't bark, and a cat with cognitive issues!) But for all their faults, they love us and they are GREAT pets...people just need to open their hearts!

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Flowerhead910
5 years ago

This has to be one of the biggest reasons that people don't adopt older dogs.

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Kelly B.
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Kelly B.
5 years ago

It's so sad when animals aren't adopted because of breed or slight behavioral issues. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there without other animals that could adopt one of the dogs who doesn't get along with other dogs, for example. I always want to help out those animals that are at a shelter the longest, but sometimes I guess it's not feasible. I wish the best of luck to these animals though!

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Julie W.
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Julie W.
5 years ago

if there are aggressive dogs, why not try and send them to behavoir classes? i know money is an issue at all shelters but they're spending it to keep the dog there and that space could be for another dog or cat. its all so frustrating that people dont spay and neuter and they dont educate themselves about breeds before they adopt.

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Chriss J.
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Chriss J.
5 years ago

This is SAD. One of our local no kill shelters has an adoption program for animals that have health programs. The shelter provides medical care so there is not the high medical costs for the new family. It works and allows these wonderful animals who need a little more care to find forever homes.

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rosanne b.
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rosanne b.
5 years ago

Boy! This is a deja vu.

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Mattbstl30
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Mattbstl30
5 years ago

very sad

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Emily B.
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Emily B.
5 years ago

I also wish every animal could find a good home, but stories like this make me sad. What about all the animals that can't find space in a shelter because dogs like Honey are stuck there? Seems like there is no win-win in this.

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Amanda S.
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Amanda S.
5 years ago

I agree. It seems like everyone loses.

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Dogsrsuper
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Dogsrsuper
5 years ago

If only they could all find a good home...

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