A dog has been in a Texas animal shelter for 7 years


LUBBOCK, Texas — The Haven Animal Care Shelter is currently home to the longest-living resident. Chance is an American Staffordshire Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier mix and has been at The Haven for seven years.

“She’s as cute as can be, I think she just wants to sit on someone’s lap,” said Dr. Brenda Wilbanks, Director and Founder of The Haven Animal Care Shelter.

Chance came to The Haven in 2015 after being pulled away from a dog fight that left her with a damaged jaw.

“Her jaw just hung down and you could tell she needed surgery and a lot of veterinary care,” said Dr. Wilbanks.

Events have left Chance shy and wary of new people, a key reason The Haven believes she has been overlooked for the past seven years.

“You don’t know what might become of it, you just see a very shy dog ​​and that just doesn’t appeal to some people,” said Dr. Wilbanks.

The Haven believes that prospective Chance adopters need to be patient for her to gain trust and live in a quiet home.

“She needs someone to take her on trips and take her everywhere and get her hamburgers and ice cream, that’s what people do for some of our other dogs,” said Dr. Wilbanks.

Shelter dogs usually arrive anxious and tired of their new surroundings.

“You can start with a difficult situation, even get hurt badly and get well and heal,” said Dr. Wilbanks.

Chance is yet to experience what it’s like to live outside of a kennel, but The Haven is hoping someone can help her find a home.

“Dogs can change and we must try to give these animals a second chance, and even if they seem shy or fearful, they can be the best pet anyone has ever had,” said Dr. Wilbanks.

For more information on Chance’s adoption, visit her profile here or visit The Haven’s Facebook page.


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