Dog in Central Texas shelter for 5 months gets adopted by Iowa family

Posted at 9:06 AM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 09:48:53-04

A 2-year-old dog who was brought to the Waco Animal Shelter at least five months ago as a stray now has a new family in Iowa.

“Millie is such a sweet girl. She’s playful and energetic but she definitely wants to cuddle. She is rolling over for belly rubs every two seconds. If any dog deserved this. She definitely did," Leo Delgado with the Humane Society of Central Texas said.

Millie, a pit bull mix, flew out of the Waco Regional Airport on Thursday morning to meet the family that has adopted her across the United States.

Five months, Delgado said, is a particularly long time for a dog to be in a shelter.

"That's a very long time. Our average length of stay is probably a month or under. Unfortunately some dogs, with the sheer volume that we have, they are looked over," Delgado said.

Shelly Kirk and her husband who live in Thompson, Iowa adopted Millie after seeing an online post.

"I like pit bulls. It said she was good with other dogs and submissive. Her eyes were pleading to get her out," Kirk said.

Millie is one of the nine dogs that Kirk has adopted from the South, with most of them being from Texas.

"They seem they need the help the most help right now because there are so many right now in the shelters and in the streets," Kirk said.

Kirk said she lives on a five-acre farm and a five-bedroom house, which will leave Millie plenty of space to have fun.

"Love her the rest of her life, spoil her rotten, give her the home she deserves," Kirk said.

The adoption was made possible by Pilots N Paws, a non-profit organization that helps volunteers arrange flights for rescue animals to be adopted, as well as schedule overnight care and other related activities.

“This is a miraculous thing from start to finish. The fact that she was at the shelter for so long, the fact that we were able to find a home for her and this organization made it all possible," Delgado said. 

Millie arrived at her new home on Thursday afternoon where her owners are already making her feel welcome.

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