A big Mastiff mix endured a heartbreakingly long stay at a Kansas City Animal shelter has finally found a home just in time for Christmas.
The poor pooch named Polina spent 445 days at the Kansas City Pet Project shelter waiting for a new home. The Kansas shelter sees more than 10,000 pets pass through annually.
The Kansas City Star wrote a story about Polina earlier this month but each time a new family came in they always left with another pet, largely because Polina is afraid of other dogs and children.
Finally, a family who read the gentle giant's story in the Star came to meet Polina. The KC Pet Project staff family ultimately approved the family to adopt Polina and took her home with them where she can roam on three acres of land and sleep on her very own cozy bed.
Tori Fugate, a spokesperson for the KC Pet Project, said, "She has gone through so much." The staff at KC Pet Project were ecstatic at the prospect of Polina finally finding a new home and "were crying big, ugly ol’ tears. They loved her so much," Fugate said.
It took staff a long time to build Polina's confidence after she was found wandering along a street in October 2016. She was one of nearly 300 pets adopted from the shelter during the holiday season and Fugate called the affair, "a big Christmas story."
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