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‘Give Chance a chance’: Shy shelter dog overlooked for 7 years is still waiting for a home

 All shelter dogs deserve a loving home and they all just want to be adopted. But unfortunately, some dogs take longer than others to find their “forever home”.

For a variety of reasons, some dogs wait months or even years in shelters and are often neglected while others are adopted.

The poor dog has been waiting for seven years and keeps getting passed down because she’s too shy. But now her friends at the shelter are working harder than ever to find a home for Chance.

Chance, an American Staffordshire Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier hybrid, arrived at the Haven Animal Care Shelter in Lubbock, Texas, in tragic circumstances in 2015: According to KXAN, she was rescued after being pulled away from a dog fight that left her with serious damage.

“Her jaw just dropped and you could tell she needed surgery and a lot of veterinary care,” Dr. KXAN Director and Rescue Founder Brenda Wilbanks.

“Her lovely little face was bruised and bleeding profusely when she walked in,” The Haven wrote on Facebook at the time. (They also clarified that it was just a fight with another dog and not part of a faux dogfighting ring.)

After the incident, chances were so tight that her rescuers mistook her for a man, which led to her name.

“We initially thought she was a boy because she was initially too scared to let us approach her. But when we convinced her to be safe, we had given her the name Chance and felt it was still an appropriate name.”

While the shelter kept her safe and took care of her injuries, things didn’t get much easier for Chance: The incident frustrated her so much that she remained shy and cautious in front of people— This affected her chances of being adopted.

“She has a lot of love to give but is really shy,” The Haven wrote on Facebook. “As a result, she is often ignored.”

Unfortunately, Chance has been overlooked by adopters for years. She has now been in the kennel for seven years, making her the longest-lived resident of The Haven.

She’s made some progress in getting out of the way: A January TikTok video showed the dog walking happily in what they called a “big deal.”

Now the shelter is trying to finally make Chance a forever loving home – looking for someone who can “give Chance a chance”.

“Waiting for someone to give her a chance to be the dog she always wanted to be,” they wrote on TikTok.

But because she’s been in the shelter for so long and has never really experienced life outside the kennel — and because she’s always been shy in front of people — Chance needs a special home, one that’s willing to give her a lot of love , but also put up with work that makes her feel at home.

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

While Chance’s journey has been long, the shelter is hopeful that he will soon find happiness.

They won’t give up on her, believing that with the right love and care, even the most fearful and shy animals can be turned around, and that all shelter pets deserve a good home.

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

 If you are interested in adopting Chance, you can reach out to The Haven or apply on Chance’s adoption page!

 No dog dedeves to wait in shelter all this time to be adopted. and we really hope Chance finds a loving home soon!

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