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Donatello, the Resilient Pit Bull: A Tale of Patience and Perseverance

A Heartwarming Journey of a Longest Resident at Woodford Humane

In a heartwarming tale of resilience and patience, Donatello, a 5 1/2-year-old pit bull mix, has captured the hearts of staff and volunteers at Woodford Humane as he surpasses all expectations and becomes their longest-standing resident ever.

Photo credit: Regi Goffinet

May 13, 2019, marked the day Donatello arrived at Woodford Humane, and little did he know that he would spend the next four years in search of a loving forever home. Over this time, he has witnessed an astounding 1189 other dogs and puppies find their happy endings, but his own opportunity seemed to elude him. That is until now.

Donatello is a dog that embodies the qualities often overlooked by adopters. His large, black stature, his mature age, and his breed, a pit bull, unfortunately, place him at a disadvantage in the adoption world. Nevertheless, there is hope that someone out there will see beyond these stereotypes and recognize the true gem that Donatello is.

Photo credit: Regi Goffinet

At Woodford Humane, Donatello has revealed an array of endearing traits that set him apart. Not only is he impeccably house and crate trained, but he is also a connoisseur of belly rubs. His energy levels are perfectly balanced as he zooms around for short bursts, followed by hours of being the ultimate couch potato. While he adores children, his enthusiasm may require the presence of older, sturdier playmates to accommodate his joyful exuberance. Surprisingly, Donatello even enjoys being dressed up for photo shoots, showcasing his patient and cooperative nature. If given the opportunity, he will quickly convince you that he’s a lap dog, eagerly snuggling up on the couch.

Photo credit: Woodford Humane staff

Although Donatello longs for a home to call his own, he does have one non-negotiable condition – he needs to be the only pet in the household. As the king he believes himself to be, Donatello desires to reign supreme without any pretenders to his throne. These requirements may seem demanding, but they are justified requests from a dog who has waited so patiently for his chance at happiness.

Photo credit: Woodford Humane staff

Woodford Humane Society is calling upon the community, inviting them to see beyond the surface and embrace the unique qualities that make Donatello shine. It is an opportunity to defy expectations, support adult dog adoption, and make a difference in the life of an extraordinary companion.

As Donatello awaits his perfect match, he continues to exude happiness and unwavering patience. His story serves as an inspiration, reminding us all of the resilience and loyalty that our four-legged friends possess.

Photo credit: Maggie Epling Photography

To learn more about Donatello and the adoption process, visit Woodford Humane’s website or pay a visit to their facility. Donatello’s journey is a testament to the power of love and the transformative impact that adoption can have on both the pet and the adopter. Let us come together to make Donatello’s dream of finding a forever home a reality.



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