Rescue Dog Adopted After Spending 1,076 Days in Animal Shelter

It's here. The day we wait for in animal welfare. The day when you approach the kennel of a dog who has been in the shelter for exactly 1,076 days...and they aren't there. They aren't there for the best reason - they are spending their first day in their #furever …
Pennsylvania SPCA

A rescue dog that spent nearly three years at an animal shelter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been adopted by a new family.

Seven-year-old bulldog and pitbull mix, Bentley, was rescued by the Pennsylvania SPCA in October of 2016 and has lived at the shelter on Erie Avenue since then.

“He knows when you’re upset and he knows when you’re having a hard day, and he’s that dog who is going to snuggle up right next to you,” said Kayla Dorney, a PSPCA behavior and nourishment supervisor who has cared for the Bentley since he was rescued.

The shelter posted a picture of Bentley and his new family on Twitter on Saturday morning.

The Pennsylvania SPCA also wrote about the heartwarming story in a post to their Facebook page.

The post read:

BENTLEY IS ADOPTED! We will miss him, but more than that, we will celebrate that we didn’t give up – you never gave up. It’s been almost three years, half of his life, but together, we did it, we found him his perfect family. Thank you, to everyone who shared his story, to everyone who sent him special treats, to all the volunteers who loved him every one of those 1,076 days, and especially to his shelter staff who was his family until his family came along. It takes a village, and today, we celebrate.

Bentley became a fixture around the shelter during his time there, even starring in a parody video of The Office that the staff created to raise money for their rescue efforts.

“Ever an altruist, though, Bentley used his fame for the greater good. In August, he landed a $10,000 donation for improvements at the shelter,” NBC Philadelphia reported.

The staff is sad to see him go, but they know Bentley is happy to be part of a new family that loves him.


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