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Capital Humane Society’s Oldest Pet ‘Baby Girl’ Finds Her Forever Home


LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Hundreds of animals are adopted by the Capital Humane Society each year, but one dog’s journey has taken four years to find forever homes. She was the oldest animal in the Humane Society, spending almost half of her life alone in a room.

Baby Girl is a popular pet at the Humane Society. With medical and special needs, she simply couldn’t find the right person for permanent housing. That was until last spring, when a Lincoln woman worked for months to earn Baby Girl’s trust and finally find her a home.

She was turned over to the Capital Humane Society in December 2017, after getting into a fight with other dogs at her former home.

She is now in the arms of Kristy Raley. A 25-year-old kid from Lincoln who works two jobs. Raley’s father passed away a few years ago and she suffers from anxiety and depression. She had a seizure last year and needed an emotional support animal.

“I went to the Capital Humane Society website and Baby Girl was on the very last page,” Raley said.

The 9-year-old Australian Shepherd Pit Bull mix was the last dog Raley visited and Humane Society staff were concerned.

“Telling me not to pet her, not even make eye contact. Just let her come to you and so on,” Raley told the Humane Society.

Although the two got along well, it took six months of weekly visits for the adoption.

“A lot of effort to get her to open up to me,” Raley said.

“He’s the longest running dog we’ve had at the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center, most dogs are usually adopted within a week or two or less,” said Matt Madcahro, the executive director.

Baby Girl’s gotcha day was March 15, nearly four and a half years after she surrendered. Others adopted Baby Girl, but brought her back a few weeks later.

“I don’t know what she went through, but you can’t sit down and judge her, you can’t judge the Humane Society either because most people are like that; they kept her that long, it must have been tough,” Raley said.

Baby Girl takes thyroid medication and finds it difficult to be around men, other dogs and children. For the past three months she has been spoiled by Raley and has four beds, instead of one at the Humane Society.

“She had a lot of special needs, and I’m glad I met all the requirements because she completes me and I complete her too,” Raley said.

Right now, it’s animal season at the Humane Society. They have plenty of puppies and kittens as well as adult cats and dogs if you are looking to add to your family. They also have a foster program for those looking to help animals but cannot make a lifetime commitment.

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