A Missouri animal shelter is celebrating a happily ever after for one of their special rescue dogs. Nine-year-old Ginger has lived at Dogwood Animal Shelter for almost her entire life. She watched as other dogs found their families, but no one seemed to be the right match for the lovable lab mix. That was until a social media post went viral.
Thanks to an outpouring of nationwide support, Ginger finally has the home she deserves.
Seven years ago, rescuers saved Ginger from an abusive situation. According to the shelter, her traumatic experience led to serious “medical, emotional, and behavioral issues.” She wasn’t ready for adoption, so her dedicated rescuers spent necessary time training Ginger and helping her forget her painful past.
The lab mix successfully completed her training, but she still struggled to attract the right attention. She needed to find a home where she was the only pet, and it was also recommended that she live somewhere with no small children. That criteria seriously limited her options. With each passing year, Ginger’s chances of getting adopted dwindled.
As a no-kill shelter, Dogwood Animal Shelter refused to give up.
Shelter staff and volunteers were committed to being Ginger’s safe haven, but they also believed her perfect person was out there. All they needed to do was find them.
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Please, let’s get Ginger adopted. She deserves a loving home. #repost • • • @mission_driven_goods My Name is Ginger I have been at Dogwood Animal Shelter for 7 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks & 2 Days… – I am Labrador Retriever Mix – Need to be the only pet – Love to play ???? I am currently located at the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. We are 3 hours from Kansas City / St. Louis & 1.5 hours from Springfield, Missouri. Please call Dogwood Animal Shelter and see if Maquel Wilson is there… She knows all about me… The phone number to call is 573-348-4411. I will wait right here for you…
On Tuesday, the shelter posted a photo of Ginger online. It showed the senior lab mix in her kennel behind a sign that said,
“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.”
That image quickly gained traction. By Friday, the shelter made the announcement hundreds of thousands of people were waiting for.
“Ginger has gone home!”
According to Facebook, Ginger found the perfect home with the perfect person. Her new family has no children and no other pets. They even have a fenced-in yard and experience with dogs similar to Ginger.
Ginger’s happy ending is an example of the true good that people can accomplish when they work together.
Thousands of people shared Ginger’s photo across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It eventually made its way to Mission Driven Goods, an account that helps long-term shelter pets and an account launched by Ellen DeGeneres called Paws Up.
With all that national attention, Dogwood Animal Shelter received multiple applications for the lab mix. They sorted through the potential adopters and found Ginger’s best match.
By the time they posted a photo of sweet Ginger with her new human, thousands of people knew Ginger’s story. People came together to make life better for one long-term rescue dog, and we’re thrilled to see Ginger benefiting from the power of social media.
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