When Patience Pays Off

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Stella (formerly Jada), made her way to HHDR from the streets of Syracuse. After being picked up as a stray, she was not adopted through the city’s then shelter program at Dewitt Animal Hospital, so she came to us in December 2016, with her paws crossed that we could find her a forever home. She appeared to be about 3 years old and had been a mother at some point.  

With her calm and loving disposition, Stella was beloved by HHDR staff and volunteers. But for some reason, perhaps her perceived breed or her need to be the only dog in the home, no one was interested in making her their own. We tried everything to promote her: she went to tons of community events, starred in a Facebook video, and rode shotgun in our float for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. As weeks turned to months, her spirit began to break. Although we tried to keep her occupied with toys, puzzles, outings, and extra cuddles, the stress of being no one’s dog eventually set in. Just as we started to worry that she was giving up, her lucky day finally came! On March 14, 2017, in the midst of a fierce snow storm, called Stella, Stella was adopted and happily headed home with her new dad.  

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We are happy to share a pupdate about this sweet girl. Stella’s patience paid off as she was blessed with a nurturing Dad who spoils her like she deserves. She goes almost everywhere Dad goes. She loves to ride in the car, go for walks at the parkway, and play with her new brother Tucker (formerly Trawler), who was adopted from HHDR in early 2019. Stella was not a huge fan of other dogs at first, but after a lot of walks and socialization she now enjoys having a playmate. She has always been great with people. With her sweet nature, Stella wins everyone over, even those that are afraid of or not fans of so-called “bully” breeds.  

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Stella’s favorite activity is a good nap on the couch. She sleeps like a human when it’s time for bed, requiring her own pillow and blanket before she’s content. She loves to roll on her back in the grass, especially right after a bath. Stella smiles big when she is happy. HHDR staff and volunteers love to see her adorable smile when she comes to an event or to the rescue to visit.  

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Stella’s Dad said she has been the greatest addition to his household. They bonded quickly and have been inseparable ever since. Stella has learned to trust and feel secure having her own person and home. She went from nervous and withdrawn to confident and outgoing. Her Dad hopes Stella’s story inspires potential adopters to take another look at all those dogs who have been at the shelter longer than most.  

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Stella find a “new leash on life!”