The shelter’s longest resident returned after a single day with adopters

When a dog is adopted, there are many reasons for them to feel stressed and confused. It will likely take you a few days, weeks, or even months to really feel at home in your new home. But not every family has this kind of patience. And sadly, no one was willing to be patient with the longest animal shelter at the Waco Animal Shelter.

Rusty has been in shelters for over 419 days. Every time he becomes happy, he’s come back quickly. Unfortunately, his last family only kept him for a single day. But it’s unfair to expect a dog to adapt so quickly. Poor Rusty needs someone who can really understand him.

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Wait forever

Rusty arrived at the Waco Animal Shelter when he was a puppy. His family at the time gave him up because they thought he was “too hyper”. But with enough research, they would have seen that most puppies are hyper at first. This event left Rusty scared and lonely.

Rusty stayed in a foster home for two months, but was then sent in a transport of dogs to an Idaho animal shelter, where they were more likely to be adopted. While many of the other dogs in the transport were happy, Rusty kept waiting. Then, after two months in Idaho, he was sent back to Texas. They said it was too difficult to get him into a house because “he was not dog friendly”.

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“Over the next several months, Rusty became depressed and frustrated, which resulted in him acting in his kennel and being very reactive with other dogs,” the Texas shelter wrote.

Then, in November 2020, Rusty was finally adopted. But a month later he was brought back for being destructive. In late March 2021, Rusty got a second chance when a couple fell in love with him. He thought he had finally found the place he belonged to.

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Help Rusty find a home!

Unfortunately, Rusty’s new family brought him back together after just 24 hours. They said he was “too much work” and that was it. But it makes sense that it would be a lot of work. He’s been in shelters for the past 419 days, so the sudden change of scene is sure to make him nervous. They didn’t even give him a chance to get into the groove of things.

Now Rusty is looking for a forever home again. And he really hopes it stays that way this time. He would prefer a home without dogs, cats or small children. All he really needs is someone who loves him, is patient with him, and is focused on his training. After all, many amazing dogs have been returned to the shelter multiple times, so Rusty still has a chance at luck!

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If you are planning on bringing a dog home, please keep in mind that this will be a great adjustment for the dog regardless of its history. After all, it takes about 3 days for your dog to relax and be himself, 3 weeks for him to settle in, and 3 months for him to build trust with his family. No matter how overwhelmed you feel at first, it’s important to give your new dog as much time as he needs.

Contact the Humane Society of Central Texas if you think Rusty is the perfect dog for you!

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