Dogs are given up to an animal shelter for a number of reasons: they can’t take care of them anymore, the animal is too aggressive, they’re moving, etc. Some of them are no-kill (approximately 4,000) meaning they don’t euthanize an animal after they’ve been there for a certain time but there are almost just as many that do (approximately 3,500).
Fortunately, one shelter dog named Mia was cared for by the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League in Ashtabula, Ohio, a no-kill shelter. Her first family was no longer able to care for her so she was given up and spent 842 in the shelter. That was until she was adopted on Monday by a family who was excited to have her.
When she was picked up to be with her forever home, the Ashtabula shelter posted a photo of her and her new mom.
They wrote in the caption, “This beautiful girl spent 842 days in our shelter but today is Mia’s day!! She was so happy to head home with her new mom. It takes a very special family to give long-term dogs a home!! We thank you for taking a chance with our Mia!! Happy Adoption Day!!”
Since the photo was posted, it’s raked in hundreds of likes and comments.
The center described Mia as being quirky and having a “silly personality.” She is also particular about the company she keeps when it comes to other dogs. She prefers to be around male dogs. They also say that any family who planned on adopting her should have a very active lifestyle.
She gets very excited about going outside and loves to run around.
After Mia’s story went viral, the shelter began receiving donations in Mia’s honor. People from Colorado, Minnesota and Florida were generously in donating money.
They wrote in a Facebook post, “We truly believe there is a home for each and every animal in our care, and knew it was only a matter of time (albeit long) for our sweet, silly Mia! Thank you to Mia’s new mama, and to everyone who has shared her story and donated.”