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.

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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.”

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Ruby’s favorite place to hang out, especially in the cold weather, is the meet and greet room, where she can stiff around and explore. It’s bittersweet seeing her in there because in her many months at the shelter, no one has ever asked to have a meet-and-greet with Ruby.

shelter dog in the sunlight

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When John tucks Ruby into her crate for the night, he makes a point of saying, “I’ll see you tomorrow.” Ruby might not understand the words, but she understands their meaning: don’t give up, sweet dog.

Liz has a tee-shirt that always makes her think of Ruby. It has pictures of rescue dogs on it, along with the words, “Don’t judge us by our past. Help us find our future.” Even though she lost her family of many years, Ruby no longer grieves. She’ll look forward to tomorrow and to the next day and the next, until at last someone comes to bring her home.

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Ruby would like to be in an adult-only home with no other pets. If you are interested in adopting Ruby, please reach out via the Facebook page she shares with two other senior dogs at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter. You can also contact the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or animalinfo@tohmail.org. Follow the shelter itself on Facebook.

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