You always hear about the dogs and cats that keep getting passed over for adoptions. They’re special needs or seniors or the wrong breed, and they wind up spending years — if not the rest of their lives — in a shelter.
Thankfully, that’s not the case for Winter, a dog some might think of as “not-so-adoptable.” She “spent most of her six years of life falling into sad, unfortunate situations. She was found on a vacant property, on a hot day with no electricity, or open windows. She was dehydrated and extremely frightened,” BARCS Animal Shelter of Baltimore, Maryland, posted on its Facebook page. “Winter has a long, hanging belly, [most] likely a result of over breeding — something we see far too often at our shelter. Due to her age, her belly is not something that will ever tighten up. Female dogs with such characteristics are often passed by in our shelter.”
But this time, she wasn’t. This past weekend, Ronnie Stanley, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, came into the BARCS animal shelter with his girlfriend and his teammate, Alexander Lewis. He approached the front desk and told staff exactly what he wanted.
“We are looking for dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable,” he said, according to BARC’s Facebook post.
Stanley and his girlfriend were shown various dogs that fit the criteria, and Winter was the lucky dog who won Stanley over. Seeing her long, hanging belly, the professional football player said, according to the shelter’s post, “Well, that’s just what happens when you’ve had babies.”
The adoption paperwork was signed and Winter was taken to her new home that very day. Stanley and his girlfriend attended the shelter’s adopter class while fellow offensive tackle Lewis helped staff transport large bags of dog food, the shelter posted.
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Overlooking the issues that made other would-be adopters overlook Winter, Stanley showed that these dogs are as wonderful as any other dog. Hopefully many others will follow Stanley’s lead.