When people ask “Who’s a good boy?,” the answer is: Puffy! He’s great with kids, house broken, crate trained, loves to play fetch, listens well, and even knows commands.
But there’s one thing that Puffy isn’t the best at, and that’s waiting for his new forever home. After being abandoned by his family and having to go into boarding for four months, Puffy has started showing some very alarming behaviors that say “I need a home… now!”
Puffy was one of the lucky ones – a cute little Pit Bull mix rescued by Long Island Pit Stop as a puppy, and adopted shortly thereafter by a family. He got to run and play with kids, sleep in comfy beds, eat tasty food, and not worry about a thing for the first five years of his life.
Then came the dreaded day: the last kid went off to college and it was just The Puff Man and the parents. Though he was still being taken care of, they were tired of the responsibility and called Long Island Pit Stop to ask if they could bring Puffy back. Just after the holidays were over in January of 2016, Puffy lost the only home he had ever known.
Long Island Pit Stop found Puff a foster home to help ease the transition, but weeks turned into months and eventually the foster had to send him back due to a scheduled surgery. Without another foster home available, they had no choice but to put him into a boarding facility.
Puffy is an extremely friendly dog that loves all people and children. Being away from his beloved humans for so many hours a day makes boarding very difficult for him. Smart as a whip yet sad as could be, Puffy started to rub his head raw on the bars of the kennel in frustration.
Though Puffy is very distressed at the amount of time he has to spend on his own, he hasn’t lost his zeal for people. He gets very excited when volunteers come to visit him – especially if there are kids, car rides, or fetch involved!
But most of all, Puffy is just happy to be loved. This poor boy needs a family to call his own so that he never has to feel lonely again. “All he wants is love, and he loves being part of a family,” Suzanne Kaplan, founder of Long Island Pit Stop, told PupJournal. “He’s just a very, very nice dog.”
Puffy found a temporary foster to relieve some of the pressure off of him, but will have to go back into boarding next week if another foster or adopter isn’t found by then. Just as his scars are starting to heal, we don’t want him to go through this heartbreaking process all over again.
Available to be adopted in the Northeast (preferably in NY, NJ, CT, but potentially further for the right home), Puffy would do best in a home with a female dog. Unfortunately, he cannot live with cats or small dogs, but he absolutely loves children so if your little ones need a playmate – Puff man is the guy for the job! He’ll go to great lengths to hang with his pals.
And he’s always up for a walk if you are!
Or he can just chill in the backyard and sunbathe.
If interested in answering Puffy’s prayers for a home, please contact Long Island Pit Stop via phone (917.685.8422) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with serious inquiries. After nine months of waiting, Puffy needs his forever family to find him fast before he has to go back into boarding.
If unable to foster or adopt, but you would still like to make a contribution, LIPS is always in need of donations to help dogs like Puffy with their medical needs and to find homes.