November 27, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.

In need of ‘forever home’

Dog has been staying at Jay County Humane Society shelter since mid-2015
In need of ‘forever home’
In need of ‘forever home’

By Mary Ann Lewis-

Shelby is a grey and white brindle pit bull mix.

She has almost everything a dog needs: a warm place to sleep, plenty of healthy food, toys to entertain her and friends to wrestle and run with.

But she doesn’t have the most important necessity in her life — a forever home.

Shelby has been taken care of by Jay County Humane Society for four of the five years of her life.

Her size can be an impediment to those who might be interested in adopting.

“She's intimidating,” said Shelby Smith, an employee at the shelter, adding that the dog with the same name wouldn’t fare well in a house with small children. “She’s very playful but can be rough.”

Shelby was left at the shelter on June 18, 2015, along with a note.

“She is sweet and loveable and has a lot of energy and is playful and gets along with other dogs … her owners moved out of state and could not take her and asked me to bring her to you,” the unsigned paper said.

“We think she was 1 year old,” Smith speculated.

The humane society does not euthanize animals, so Shelby’s life at the shelter began.

The shelter has a five-day stray hold on animals to make sure they are not a lost pet before they are placed for adoption.

“We make sure they are fixed and up to date on their shots,” Smith said about the adoption process.

The length of stays at the shelter vary from animal to animal, but five years is extreme.

“It all depends on the animal,” she said. “Most dogs go out within a few weeks.”

Shelby hasn’t been so fortunate.

“There’s been a couple families interested in her,” Smith said, “but they had small children.”

Shelby prefers male dogs as playmates, her favorite being mixed-breed Roscoe who is about her size. They run and chase each other continuously while playing outside at the humane society.

Tom Pascarella, another of the three employees of the shelter, who used to train dogs, works with Shelby to try to calm her disposition.

There are currently 12 dogs and 22 cats at the shelter, located off of Blaine Pike, and they all need a forever home, Smith said.
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