Smiling Pit Bull Has Been in Shelter Over 400 Days

April Livingston | April 6th, 2018

There is no denying that Orville the dog is one happy guy. He is known for his huge smile, which lights up his face whenever he sees a dog or a human. At just two years old, he loves to interact with everyone he meets at the White County Animal Shelter. Volunteers at the shelter says he never stops smiling, from the moment he sees someone approaching with a leash to take him out or when he is in the yard playing with a toy. His unique smile just lights up the room—and his face. Despite his sweet, happy disposition, something is wrong: Orville has been passed over for adoption time and time again. So much so, that he has now been at the shelter for 437 days and counting.

White County Animal Shelter//Facebook
White County Animal Shelter//Facebook

As the longest resident of the White County Animal Shelter, volunteers are scratching their heads as to why he is still there. He arrived on a cold day in January last year after being found as a stray in the town of Sparta, Tennessee. He was just one year old then and everyone figured he would be adopted quickly, like every other dog that comes through the shelter. Sadly, that was not the case for Orville. Because he is a pit bull mix, it is assumed people avoid him because of his breed. In the 400 plus days he has been in the shelter, only two people have even considered adopting Orville.

White County Animal Shelter//Facebook
White County Animal Shelter//Facebook

He has been at the shelter so long, say volunteers, that he really believes it is his home now. He has grown attached to other dogs in the shelter during his time there, but they always get adopted into new homes and he finds himself alone again. The staff at the shelter is determined to find a good home for the dog, because he is so good and is loved by everyone he meets. He just needs someone to take a chance on him. Contact the White County Animal Shelter for more information on Orville!

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