Lake Humane Society Sends Dog Home Forever During Betty White Challenge

MENTOR, Ohio (WJW) — It took five years and a village, but a kind dog finally found his forever home.

“It was kind of love at first sight. So it was very exciting,” Cindy Sender, adoption counselor at the Lake Humane Society, told Mentor.

She says Spike, a 9-year-old pit bull mix, went through a traumatic event five years ago that made him a little nervous and made him forget about him by potential adopters.

“His family, their house had unfortunately burned down,” Sender said.

Spike was returned in 2016 and spent more than half his life in a kennel in Youngstown until he came here to human society.

“A lot of the staff, our hearts were just with him, so we took him in and just with, you know, our marketing team, the adoption staff, the care staff, we all worked together and he has found his home and he honestly wasn’t even here a full week,” Sender said.

In honor of the “Betty White Challenge,” the staff worked hard to find Spike a loving home and their efforts paid off at the actress’ 100th birthday on Monday.

“It also really spoke to people and we’ve had so many generous people donating, people just talk about animals and Betty White and the impact she’s had on their lives with her involvement in animal rescues,” Sender said.

Now that Spike has found a loving home, the shelter hopes to do the same for another pit bull mix, 4-year-old Luna.

“She was abandoned first and then found no one could take care of her,” Sender said. “Since she came to our house she’s just been a carefree, restless pup, she has the biggest smile, she loves everyone she meets.”

The sender says that Luna might prefer to be the only animal, so they’ve been looking for a home with only humans for almost two months now.

“It’s a bit longer stay for us,” Sender said.

But they’re determined to help her and any other pets that come through their doors find a loving, year-round home.

“Keep in mind that every day there are animals that still need a home and every day you can make a difference in an animal’s life,” she said.

If you want to learn more about adopting Luna or another animal with the Lake Humane Society, you can visit their website.

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