Lola the dog finally gets a forever home after 400 days in a shelter

2 year old Dog smiling while being restrained on a leash
Look how happy she is (Picture: Arizona Humane Society)
Lola the dog ended up in a shelter with six of her puppies last year. The stray pooch had lived on the streets for months before the Humane Society of Wickenburg, Arizona, took her in.

After each of her pups were adopted, Lola remained, waiting for her own day in the sun.

The two-year-old dog ended up waiting 400 days.

In more than 30 states in the U.S, shelters and pounds aren’t legally obligated to keep animals for more than 1–7 days.

‘Holding period’ laws determine the minimum required period an animal must be kept before it’s adopted, sold, or euthanised.

Though the Wickenburg folks tried their hardest to place her, they weren’t able to and so enlisted the help of the Arizona Humane Society’s (AHS) Project Reachout Program – an initiative to save pets by working with other shelters.

AHS helped place Lola at another shelter in the state, where she was adopted in just 24 hours.

2 year old Dog posing in front of blue background
Who wouldn’t want to adopt that face? (Picture: Arizona Humane Society)

It’s a mystery why Lola, who is well-behaved, potty trained, and loves getting belly rubs, took so long to get adopted.

But now she is living the sweet life with her forever family in Mesa, Arizona. She becomes one of the 800+ pets the Arizona Human Society has helped.

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2 year old Dog with her new family, a man, woman and child
Lola’s new family (Picture: Arizona Humane Society)
According the AHS website, their partner assistant program, Project Reachout – which helped Lola – is a lifesaving program that transfers at-risk pets from other animal welfare organisations.

It states that the AHS has ‘undergone one of the most rapid transformational changes in animal welfare in the country decreasing euthanasia by 81% and saving an additional 100,000 lives’.

‘AHS has become a “destination” shelter for at-risk pets due to our innovative and lifesaving behavior and medical programs as well as our ethical no-kill philosophy.’

We’re so happy for Lola.

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