Refuge places serve as sanctuaries for innumerable creatures, and a significant number of them are embraced by loving families every year. However, some animals face an excruciatingly long wait, with time slipping away from them, and days slowly turning into weeks, weeks into months, and sometimes even years. Nevertheless, these determined creatures never lose their optimism and remain hopeful, eagerly looking forward to the day when they can finally be adopted into a loving family.
Introducing Ginger, a pooch with a tragic past of mistreatment that resulted in serious health, psychological, and behavioral problems – making it difficult for her to be adopted. However, the dedicated shelter employees worked hard to tackle her challenges and turn her into a flexible and affectionate furry friend.
In order to finally find a forever home for Ginger, the shelter came up with a unique and emotional approach. They decided to share a poignant picture of the Labrador retriever mix, capturing her entire journey so far. This adorable pooch currently resides at the Dogwood Animal Shelter, nestled in Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri.
Ginger is an affectionate and cheerful pup who enjoys engaging in playful activities. Despite her friendly nature, she has been confined in a shelter for almost eight years, watching as other dogs found loving families. A picture of Ginger went viral, depicting her melancholy while a note outside her kennel highlighted her prolonged stay- seven years, nine months, two weeks, and two days. In the message, Ginger fervently appeals for a second chance, emphasizing her good behavior and eagerness to be adopted. Even Mission-Driven, a clothing brand committed to advocating for shelter animals, shared her image on their social media page.
The emotional image captured the hearts of many, resulting in a surge of adoption requests. Among these, Beth from St. Louis County sought a furry friend to assist her in managing her PTSD and anxiety. As she stumbled upon Ginger’s profile on Petfinder, she realized that her search had come to an end.
At long last, Ginger’s wish was granted as she found her forever home with Beth. Their bond was strong enough that Beth felt like it was she who was saved by Ginger. They have since discovered joy and affection together, illustrating that any animal, regardless of their past, should be given a chance to find a permanent place to call home.