Dog in Texas Finds a Home After 10 Years in the Shelter

An American Pitbull Mix has finally found their forever family after an entire decade in the shelter. The sweet pup, named Jill, was adopted on July 4th after first arriving at Clay County Animal Shelter as a stray one-year old puppy. The Manager of the Shelter, Bonnie Stone, said, "We've had several applications put in on Jill before, but because she is a Pitty, a lot of landlords wouldn't allow them to have her. Since there was trouble finding her a family, and this is a no-kill shelter, it became her home and the workers became her family. Even when we just get them in, we grow with them, and they're family members now."

Jill the dog who has been in a shelter for 10 years

Kellie Blassingame began looking for a an older dog to adopt in June, and once she found Jill, it was a no-brainer. Kellie adopted Jill soon after and posted about her story on social media. "All the other dogs were very sweet [Jill] just naturally gravitated towards me. I just knew that a lot of time, senior dogs don't get adopted very often, so that was one of the main reasons I wanted to adopt an older dog," Kellie said. She wanted people to know that senior dogs deserve just as much of a chance to find a home as younger dogs. 

Jill and her new owner Kellie

Jill is now known as Jill Jellybean. "My thing is she got adopted July 4, Independence Day. Jill got her Independence!" Bonnie added!

If you are interested in adopting a dog from Clay County Animal Shelter, you can call (940) 538-6757 or email 

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