Editor’s note: We’re happy to report that Ruby has been adopted! There are many more dogs hoping to find homes, too. Check out these adoptable pups here.
Ruby was surrendered to the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Long Island when she was ten years old. She was so heartsick, volunteers had to reach into her crate to coax her outside for walks.
The key, volunteer Liz Kavadlo Seymour learned, was patience. And hot dogs. With time, she was able to walk further and further down the path and away from her crate. Ruby started to get what’s known around the shelter as “the pep in her step.”