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Dog who was adopted after 500 days in a shelter gets returned after just one week

Charisa Bossinakis

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Dog who was adopted after 500 days in a shelter gets returned after just one week

An adorable dog by the name of Drogo was finally adopted after 500 days, but this isn't the happy story you might think.

The Daily Mail reported that the three year old pit bull had entered Austin Animal Center in March 2022 and had been patiently waiting for a forever home ever since.

Austin Animal Center, who has been documenting the pooch’s journey, said he would make the perfect addition to any home and is toilet and leash trained.

After almost two years, the pitbull was finally adopted.


However, in a shattering TikTok, the animal shelter revealed that Drogo had been returned to the pound after just one week.

In the clip, it reads: “When you wait 500 days to find a home and then get returned after one week.

“Shelter dogs need time to adjust to a new home. Drogo didn't even get the chance.


“Now he's back at the shelter again waiting for his real forever family.”

The captions added: “He was one of the longest stay dogs at the shelter and now he's back again. He's devastated. It's not fair.”

Kelsey Cler from Austin Animal Centre told Newsweek that the pup was initially handed into the shelter when his owner got evicted.

Cler added that Drogo was finally taken in but promptly returned after he ‘nipped’ the owner.


"He seems bummed to be back at the shelter. There hasn't been any interest," said Cler.

Cler added that the canine is available for fostering and adoption, with no adoption fee to the right home.

"Being a black pit bull mix is two things not in his favour," added Cler.


"Plus he needs to be the only pet in the home. We do place dogs that need to be only pets frequently, and Drogo loves all humans so we think it really comes down to black dogs not being chosen as often as other colours."

A 2013 study by Penn State psychologists revealed that people find images of black dogs scarier than photos of yellow or brown dogs, with participants saying that darker dogs are more ‘intimidating’.

This phenomenon is known as Black Dog Syndrome.

Marika Bell, director of behaviour and rehoming for the Humane Society of Washington, said the effect is ‘baffling’, as per SBS News.


She said: "I just want to tell people sometimes, 'This is an amazing dog. You've got to look at this dog.' "

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Austin Animal Center

Topics: News, Animals, Dogs

Charisa Bossinakis
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