Monroe County Dog Shelter senior dog finds her forever home

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — One senior dog spent five months in the Monroe County Dog Shelter. This week, she went home with a familiar face.

3.1 million dogs across the United States enter shelters every year. During that time, just 2.1 million are adopted.

Closer to home, Monroe County’s shelter is nearly always full with surrenders and strays.

“Any time an animal needs a place to go, we’ll take them in,” said Amber Dvorak, the shelter’s director.

The shelter is filled with adult dogs and senior dogs like Molly, who arrived at the shelter in March.

“She was a staff favorite immediately—she was this goofy old lady with these rickety hips, but she still insisted on playing tug-of-war,” Dvorak said.

The shelter is also full of volunteers, like Stephanie Hartung.

“I always say they help me as much as I help them,” Hartung said.

Volunteers and staff work together to keep the place running– because they love what they do, and the dogs they care for.

Hartung especially took a liking to Molly when she arrived at the shelter on March 4.

“She does her little senior dog prance when you come in the door—it’s just the best thing to see,” Hartung said.

Hartung wanted to bring Molly home, but she lived in an apartment that wouldn’t take dogs.

“I always told myself ‘once I close on my house, if she’s still there we’re going to take her.'” Hartung said.

Sweet dogs like Molly don’t usually stick around for five months, but this ten-year-old American bulldog became a shelter regular— at no fault of her own.

“She was actually adopted and returned three times,” Dvorak said.

Molly didn’t find her forever home– until Hartung did.

“I got the text message– ‘I closed on the house, I’d like to adopt Molly.’ And there was no question,” Hartung said.

When Stephanie came to take Molly there was no question either. This shelter goodbye was forever.

“Knowing that we’re providing her retirement home, that’s really special. For us and for her,” Hartung said.

This new home was forever too.

Dvorak posted a video of Molly’s shelter goodbye on Facebook. You can see the whole video here.

Shelters need families to adopt and foster. If that’s not an option, Dvorak says volunteering and making a donation make a big difference.

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