It took 276 days, but grumpy old Gus was finally adopted! Gus was admitted to the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) in Phoenix, Arizona on July 31, 2018 after being found near Glendale, Arizona. During his stray preservation, no one ever signed up for the 12-year-old Australian Shepherd mix who lived with a bit of arthritis and dental problems, both of which were treated by the Arizona Humane Society trauma hospital.
His height (94 pounds, probably more due to the amount of goodies staff and volunteers gave him!) And his fluffiness alone were enough to draw people to him, but it wasn’t long before AHS staff and volunteers loved Gus but boy He didn’t necessarily love us.
“Gus is like one of those friends you sometimes have who are usually moody and sarcastic, but you see the good in them, so you stay friends,” said Bretta Nelson, spokeswoman for the Arizona Humane Society. “He always made me laugh because I went out of my way to greet him enthusiastically in his kennel and he just looked at me like I was crazy and then turned his head the other way.”
For interested adopters wanting to meet Gus, the interaction wasn’t much different. People often had to visit him on different occasions just because he really didn’t give them the time of day. For others, he might even give a low growl or nip. It wasn’t that Gus was aggressive, he was just very nervous about new people and those who entered his room without warning. Once, in November 2018, Gus was adopted but returned shortly after due to landlord problems.
Over the past 276 days (311 days total, if you include his brief adoption), Gus has certainly warmed up to the staff, at least some, and seemed to really enjoy living at AHS. So much so that he had to go on a diet because everyone was giving him too many goodies. It also became one of the tour stops on AHS President and CEO Dr. Steven Hansen.
It was Dr. Hansen, who received the honor when announcing the adoption of Gus to staff, volunteers and the AHS board of directors, saying:
“I couldn’t be happier to let you all know that Gus went home yesterday! After 276 days at AHS and the tireless efforts of our adoption, animal care, behavioral, marketing, communication, medicine, nursing.” – and volunteer teams he found his way home. Have you ever seen a dog with a bigger smile? (Regarding his adoption day photo) As most of you know, Gus is older and doesn’t always get along with others. Our team has not given up. Congratulations Gus !! “
Gus’ story is certainly one of persistence and shows that there is a home for every pet, no matter how long it takes. Gus now lives in Phoenix with his new mother, Danielle. Danielle visited Gus six (!) Times at AHS before adopting him on June 4th, 2019. There was no dry eye in the house and of course, the two soul mates couldn’t be happier!