A Staffordshire terrier named Mona was sadly returned to a shelter twice, but it wasn’t because she was aggressive or difficult to train… in fact, she’s a total sweetheart. So why has Mona had such a hard time finding her forever home? After spending 420 days at the animal shelter, Mona was finally adopted, only to be returned the next day because the adoptive family said the other dogs in their home “didn’t like her.”
A day isn’t exactly enough time to let everyone get acclimated, but certainly Mona would get a second chance. The next day, it seemed the dog’s luck might change, as another family adopted her. Sadly, they had to return her to the shelter again as one of their children was allergic to Mona.
Brenda Arceo, adoption manager at The Animal Foundation shelter in Las Vegas, explained to The Dodo: “She was returned for no fault of her own, and that’s what makes it a little bit more emotional. When we first saw her come back into the intake area, she was actually very happy and wagging her tail. But once she realized that she was back where she was, she kind of sat down and looked sad.”
Mona first landed in the shelter last year when her family was moving and they were unable to take the 5-year-old do along with them. Brenda explained that Mona is “a little shy and timid when you first meet her, but once she gets to know you, she definitely does come around,” adding, “She loves getting kisses.”
The sweet dog, however, was having a hard time finding an adoptive family because of her shyness. Brenda noted: “She’s a little bit on the shy side… and she likes to hide in the backyard portion of her kennel, so people don’t ask to take her out.”
Additionally, some families believe the dog is “too old” or “not affectionate enough” and she has gotten passed over time and again.
Kelly Leahy, communications manager for The Animal Foundation, explained: “We tried to refute those myths in short videos on Facebook,” as they looked for ways to show off Mona’s many amazing qualities. She added: “We show her being affectionate and wonderful, and looking active and certainly not an old dog.”
The Animal Foundation staff wants her to truly find a forever home and is working hard for the perfect placement, with Brenda noting that “an active family would be good for her since she does enjoy walks.”
She added: “It would obviously have to be a family with no other dogs since she’s so picky with who her doggie friends are. The last family had small kids, and she loves them… so I think she would do well in a home with a family that has children.”
Brenda believes that Mona will make a great addition to some family, explaining: “She’s so loving, and she wants to be loved. I think that’s my favorite part about her. She’s a great dog, and she definitely deserves a loving family.”