"We never give up trying," the Dogwood Animal Shelter said of the rescue pooch and their attempt to find her the perfect forever home.


A shelter dog in Missouri is getting the second chance she so desperately wanted.

Ginger, a 9-year-old Labrador retriever mix, was living at the Dogwood Animal Shelter in Lake of the Ozarks, back in March, waiting for more than seven years to be adopted.

However, she had received an outpouring of love and upwards of 30 adoption applications that month, according to KSDK. Days later, the shelter announced she'd been finally—finally!—adopted.

"We’re very grateful to those who cheered us on and kept the faith that Ginger would finally have the loving, comfy home she deserves!" shelter staff writes on Facebook.

In early March, the no-kill shelter shared a photo of Ginger at her kennel to social media. The pic included a sign that read, “Hi! I’m Ginger! I’ve been here waiting 7 years, 9 months, 2 weeks, 2 days. I’m a good girl! I promise! I just need a 2nd chance!”

Widespread support for Ginger quickly spread on Instagram, with many sites—including Mission Driven, a clothing brand dedicated to bringing awareness to shelter pets, and PawsUp, Ellen DeGeneres' adoptable dog account, sharing the post.

Soon after, Dogwood Animal Shelter shared an update on its Facebook page, explaining that Ginger had come to them “with her own set of medical, emotional, and behavioral issues which made her unadoptable for a long time.”

The staff and volunteers at Dogwood “diligently worked to address those issues and to locate a suitable home for her,” they write, stressing that Ginger “is and has been adoptable” but needs to be placed in a home with no other animals or small children.

That “narrowed the possibilities, but we never give up trying,” they say, captioning a video of Ginger playing with a chew toy.

In just a few days, the staff at Dogwood received more than 30 applications from New York to Canada to Texas, and reviewed all of them to find Ginger the right home.

“Thank you for all the inquiries about Ginger,” they write on Facebook, two days after their initial post. “As everyone knows, we have been inundated with adoption applications about her! We are diligently reviewing them and will post an update when a decision is made. Please keep hoping with us that she will finally find the perfect home!’

Ginger did find that home. Her new owner fit the criteria—no other pets, no kids, a fenced-in yard—and even has experience caring for dogs with similar dispositions.

Keen tells KSDK that she’s hopeful Ginger’s story will help the other animals the shelter has up for adoption.

“Come visit Dogwood and tour the facility, where you’ll find that our kennel floors are heated and there’s a Kuranda Bed for every dog,” the shelter writes on Facebook. “Meet the dedicated volunteers and staff who walk and care for the animals daily. See first hand the high level of care our animals receive.”

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