Senior Pit Bull Overlooked In A Shelter For 11 Long Years Goes To A Beautiful Home

Luck, as they say, is a relative thing!

For some dogs, it takes only a few days or a few weeks to find their furever home, even if it means traveling thousands of miles to get there. But, for others – it takes years!

The most heartbreaking story comes from New Orleans, Louisiana, where Vanessa, a senior Pit Bull girl, has been “overlooked” in a shelter for 11 straight years.

Even though there wasn’t a justifiable reason for this pretty girl not to be adopted, nobody seemed to want her… until her LUCKY day finally arrived!


Vanessa Was Surrendered When She Was Only A Puppy


black dog outdoor
Source: Villalobos Rescue Center

It was August 2012 when this lovely girl was surrendered to Villalobos Rescue Center, in New Orleans, Louisiana, by her family. She was just a little puppy back then, and there was no reason for her to experience abandonment whatsoever – but it happened!

Her parents simply decided not to have her anymore, so they drove her one day to the facility and left her there.

“She was unwanted and minutes away from dying in the back of a sweltering hot box in a truck,” VRC wrote in their Facebook post.


dog on the porch
Source: Villalobos Rescue Center 

Since then, many adopters have come and gone, but Vanessa never got a second chance!

“Vanessa is one of those that slipped through the cracks,” the VRC team says.

Months passed… and then years, and still – nothing happened! Once a beautiful, perky doggo girl, Vanessa’s now an 11-year-old senior. But, even today, she has never lost her spark nor have her pawdorable eyes ever stopped shining like they used to when she was a puppy!


“Perfect In The House, Crate Trained, Sociable”


Close-up of a brown and white dog's head looking at the camera with fence behind it
Source: Villalobos Rescue Center

Despite the fact that she has been in a shelter her whole life, Vanessa has been described as the pawfect girl! She currently lives outside the shelter in one of the satellite locations with other senior dogs – and she loves it!

Other than that, she’s known for her calm nature and for being well-trained.

“She is perfectly crate trained… she is quiet. She is just that amazing,” the VRC team wrote in Vanessa’s profile.


young girl in yellow shirt posing with dog and petting him
Source: Villalobos Rescue Center 

Vanessa loves spending time with people! Every now and then, a group of volunteers come to the shelter to spend some time with the dogs, and Vanessa really seems to enjoy it! Aside from her regular caretakers, she’s just a sweetheart to everyone!


two dogs sitting together outside and smiling
Source: Villalobos Rescue Center

And, boy does she love doggo company! Sure, she’s a bit old for endless games and frolicking in dog parks, but she still loves spending time with a group of fellow doggos. She has always been a good girl!

Still, her favorite time of the day is probably spent lying in a cozy doggo bed inside the house. Between outside adventures and a cozy, inside afternoon – she would always choose the latter!


Experiencing The “Furever Home” Concept After 11 Years


dog with his tongue out lying on a dog bed
Source: Villalobos Rescue Center

Just when it seemed that this pawdorable Pittie girl would spend the rest of her life in a shelter, an owner appeared!

After re-posting about Vanessa this July on their official Facebook page, the VRC team revealed that this wonderful girl has been adopted by one of their former adopters.

After all this time, a giant-hearted man with a lot of experience in this area finally showed up – and Vanessa couldn’t be happier!

She finally found what she has been looking for since that hot, August day 11 years ago – a warm home and a loving family who will know how to appreciate her for who she is. And, she’s just the most pawfect girl!



News : 

Man rescued pair of abandoned pit bulls — they repaid him by rescuing him from assault

Thieves broke in, gave him a black eye and tried to steal his car… but didn’t count on a pair of pit bulls determined to save their owner. It’s a reminder of how loyal and loving rescue dogs can be. Thank you to these hero pit bulls!

When you want a new pet it’s always better to adopt from a shelter. It’s a chance to give a new life to an animal that’s homeless or abandoned.

And sometimes when you rescue an animal, they’ll rescue you in return. That’s what one man found out when his adopted dogs stepped up to save the day.

A man named Robert McGowan found two pit bulls in a local shelter. According to The Dodo, the dogs had had a rough life and were abandoned.



That’s not surprising—pit bulls are the most common breed of dogs found in shelters, and their reputation as aggressive dogs scares people away from taking them in.

But Robert opened his heart to the poor dogs, adopted them and named them Ellabelle and Ladybug.


He gave them a loving home, and the pit bulls proved to be kind, friendly dogs.

But in once recent incident, the dogs revealed their true character.

One night Robert was in his garage when suddenly he was assaulted by four strangers. They punched him, giving him a black eye, and were intent on stealing his car.


They demanded the keys, and Robert told him they were inside. Little did they know what else they would find in there.


Suddenly, the two pit bulls stepped up to their owner’s defense, barking and chasing the assailants away.

“They chased them out,” Robert told The Dodo. “My girls ran into the garage and stood over me.”

“They stood there barking, making it clear that no one was going to hurt me anymore. The four people took off.”

Robert says the dogs really are docile and not aggressive, despite the breed’s reputation… but they won’t hesitate to get defensive when their loved one is threatened.

It’s a story that proves how loyal and loving rescue dogs can be. It’s easy to imagine how things might’ve been if Robert hadn’t taken them home. Robert implored people reading his story to consider adopting.

“They are rescues. Unwanted dogs,” he wrote. “They saved my life. Please consider adopting a rescue. They might save your life too.”

Let’s hear it for these heroic pit bulls! Spread the word of how great rescues can be, share this incredible story!



Other Story:

Pit Bull Goes From Tormented ‘Dog Fighter’ To Angel, Dispelling Breed’s Bad Rap


Leana, a desperate Pit Bull, was found on a mountaintop. The poor girl was a mess! She was covered in blood after being shot in the head. Her ears were torn to shreds, and her eyes were so sad that the rescuers’ hearts broke. She was used for dog fighting and then discarded, but this baby’s story would become a real-life fairy tale!






A couple, Brittany and Matt, went to their local shelter and saw Leana in her kennel. There was a red tag on it indicating she wasn’t ready for adoption but the couple asked about her anyway. They allowed a meet and greet. The couple fell in love with her instantly, and the feelings were mutual!



The adoption went through, and Matt and Brittany took Leana home. She met her new brother, Tyson, who soon taught her everything there is to know about being a dog. She never played fetch or ate out of a food bowl, but soon she was ‘dogging’ around, quickly transforming from who she was before to the incredible dog she is now!


Leana’s rescue is a blessing! Wait until you see her incredible strides! Leana pays it forward in the most incredible way! To see Leana’s full story, click play on the video below!



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