A lovely, sweet dog is sitting in a county kill shelter waiting for a home for the holidays. Nellie would be an easy addition to almost any household. She is a perfect little Labrador retriever mix — only 40 pounds. She is a dog who would bring happiness to anyone — her tail never stops wagging. In her picture, it’s a blur of joyful movement. Look at her eyes and the tilt of her head — this is a dog just prancing with excitement, hoping that the person she is looking at will take her home.
Nellie is gentle, housebroken, and walks nicely on her leash. She likes other dogs although the volunteers think that some high energy dogs may overwhelm her and scare her. As with any new dog, it is strongly recommended that patience is used when introducing any new pet into the household. Too many dogs at Hillsborough Pet Service, the county shelter, are brought back (sometimes within 24 hours) because the adopters don’t take the time to read an article titled Decompressing Rescue Dogs (linked at title) about letting shelter dogs decompress before introducing them to other animals in the household.
So even though Nellie is really a perfect, friendly and happy little dog, she, like all other dogs, would benefit from some time and patience before she is thrown into the household routine. Introduced slowly, with patience, Nellie will adore other dogs. In fact, in playgroup she liked to wiggle up to other dogs.
In spite of Nellie’s perfect personality, she is in a county shelter where dogs are killed with their kennels are needed. Many, many wonderful dog are killed because there are not enough adopters and there are too many unwanted dogs (because of overpopulation). By adopting Nellie, that opens her kennel so that another dog won’t die. Black dogs like Nellie are the most overlooked (and killed) dogs in shelters. Please don’t let Nellie be another black dog killed because of her color.
Nellie is Heartworm negative and ready to go to a home where she can share her good cheer. Please share her story. Nellie and many other wonderful dogs are waiting to bring something special into the lives of families. Something that can’t be bought at Walmart or Target and wrapped up under a tree. Love and devotion. That can only be found at your local animal shelter.
There is more information on how to save Nellie on her Facebook thread. Nellie is ID# A30177933. She is at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619. (813) 744-5660. The shelter is open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. They may be closed on holidays.
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