It’s never known why some animals at the shelters get overlooked while others find their forever homes.
At seven month old, sweet Bear was picked up as a stray and nursed back to health.
The canine was picked up from the streets of Flint, Michigan by Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) and he was really emaciated.
Sweet pooch spent some time with a foster family but that was back to the shelter since the family was moving away.
At the shelter the dog was given a kennel and the staff thought he would find a forever home soon, but he is still there even after three years.
Director of DAWG, Kelley LaBonty told The Dodo: “Bear is wonderful with people. He loves kids, he loves men and women. He’s very playful, and he loves to cuddle and get belly rubs. He knows his basic commands.”
The only problem with this sweet dog is that he doesn’t get along well with other animals.
“Our goal is to find him a home with no other pets, but that’s hard to do,” Kelly said. “We’ve taken him to hundreds of adoption events over the years, and he just gets overlooked every time.”
Once he came really close to finding his forever home when a woman drove one and a half hours to pick him up after she did the perfect set up, a fenced yard and no other animals.
“The kids decided that they didn’t want him,” Kelly said. “They wanted a different dog.”
According to Kelly the poor animal got so distressed and depressed after he got turned down this time.
When he was sent to the Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelter every animal there was adopted but Bear.
“He came back to the shelter, and that’s when I took a picture of him,” Kelly said. “It went viral because it was a very sad picture. He did not want to go back to the kennel. A lot of people said, ‘I’ll take him, I’ll take him, I’ll take him,’ but 99 percent of the people who say it don’t actually mean it.”
Poor anima is so depressed now, like animals that spend years on the shelter usually are, he is tired waking everyday and stares at the same wall so he spends most of his time sleeping.
But staff won’t give up on him and they are determined to find him a forever home.
“We don’t want to set him up to fail,” Kelly said. “We all love him very much, and we don’t want to put him in a situation where he would fail and have a bad outcome. So that’s why we try and find the right home for him, and hopefully it will come soon.”
Update: Sweet Bearr got adopted and we are all sooo happy.