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This dog’s wait ended in tears of joy when he found a forever home after being lost at the shelter for more than a thousand days. zero

After 1000+ Days In Shelter, This Dog’s Wait Ends In Tears Of Joy As He Finds Forever Home

For some dogs, it takes a long time to find the perfect home. Some might say that everything happens at the right time, but I can’t shake the idea that no dog should go that long without a family.

Billy Bob was one of those dogs – almost nine years old and waiting in the shelter for nearly three years.

Amid the hundreds of wagging tails and loud barks, Billy Bob constantly remained unnoticed, silently yearning for a home.

The concrete kennel almost became his home, and for 1,000 days, it was the only place he could call his own.

After what seemed like an eternity, Billy Bob’s story took an unexpected turn toward a lifetime of happiness.

A Shy Dog Named Billy Bob

shy dog

Billy Bob arrived at the League for Animal Welfare animal shelter in Batavia, Ohio, in April, 2021, after he was seized from a rescue group in West Virginia that was shut down for cruelty and neglect. 

He arrived at the League shelter painfully afraid of everything around him. It only makes you wonder what this poor soul had been through in his short, furry life. Maybe it is better that we don’t know.

“When he arrived at the League, he was terrified – scared to walk on leash; scared to come to people; slunk down to make himself small so nobody could see him,” the Ohio-based shelter wrote in their Facebook post.

dog with tears

Thankfully, one of the shelter’s wonderful foster families brought Billy Bob home, where he stayed for one year. At the foster home, this little guy learned that not all humans are bad.

While his condition improved a bit, he still remained a very shy and fearful little guy that did not do well meeting new people. 

The next two years Billy Bob spent at the shelter because his foster family was unable to keep him any longer.

The shelter was hoping to find him the perfect family soon, but sadly it didn’t happen for him, and Bobbers (as they like to call him) stayed with them for over 1,000 days. 

Bobber’s Forever Home

shy dog sleeping on a blanket
Source: League for Animal Welfare

At almost nine years old and after three years at the shelter, the staff wanted nothing more than  to find this senior pup a home.

No dog should spend that much time in a shelter, let alone a senior one.

Finally, on St. Patrick’s Day, something incredible happened – Billy Bob was adopted. 

“BOBBERS IS FINALLY GOING HOME! Fingers crossed, for Billy Bob and his new family – he has a doggie sibling he likes, and a new dad who has experience with anxious dogs, so we hope that he’s home forever,” the shelter shared the amazing update on their social media.

owner petting shy dog

The little Pittie that had been scared of everything finally found a person who was willing to work with him and love him forever. 

Bobbers is already loving his new life and he seems to get along perfectly with his furry sibling, Oakley.

They already love playing together, and I couldn’t be happier for little Bobbers. I truly hope he gets many more years with his new family because after everything he has been through, he deserves it.  

To end on a happy note, here’s Billy Bob peacefully sleeping in his new home with a smile on his face:

shy dog sleeping on a couch

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