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DANVILLE, Ind. — A female pit bull mix named Ginger is still looking for a home after spending 457 days in the Hendricks County Animal Shelter. 

“I just don’t think they (people) see her personality come out,” said Hendricks County Animal Shelter Director LaDonna Hughes.

Ginger was brought to the Hendricks County Animal Shelter as an injured stray on Oct. 3, 2017. The friendly pup is the longest-staying resident the shelter has seen in years.

“I wanted her to have a home before this Christmas,” Hughes said. ” I didn’t want her to spend two Christmas’ here.”

For Ginger, Christmas and more than 450 other days have been spent in the front office of the Hendricks County Animal Shelter, 250 E. Campus Blvd. That’s just off U.S. 36/Rockville Road and East Main Street in Danville. 

The move to the front office was a change from the normal cages that Hughes said was necessary to keep Ginger healthy and happy. 

“A month is about the average it takes for a dog to be adopted,” Hughes said. “This is way too long for her. Obviously, she is a very good dog and we can leave her up here, so she can be more in a home setting a little bit, since she’s been here so long.” 

The cost to adopt an animal is $70 in cash plus a $9.95 money order to register a microchip. Call the Hendricks County Animal Shelter at 317-745-9250 for more information.

Hughes said she does not understand why Ginger hasn’t been adopted. Getting Ginger a home has been hindered by the breed being so common and apartment complexes and neighborhoods having breed restrictions against pit bulls.

Ginger came to the shelter with a broken hip and heartworms. Now in perfect health, Ginger is ready to go home with someone who will accommodate some of her quirks.

“She’s sucks on her blanket. We think she may have left her mother too early,” Hughes said. “She likes to have her toys and she will carry them around. Sometimes she will bring them in and sometimes she won’t. She likes to play ball and she likes to go for car rides! She is still working on some resource possession with some of her toys. But, we are working with her on that, and she’s gotten a lot better.”

With nothing but the future ahead for Ginger, Hughes hopes the new year will bring a new “leash on life” for Ginger.

“That would mean the world to me, to everybody,” Hughes said. “We’d miss her like crazy because we think of her as our own. We want them to be happy and for her to have a home. That would be awesome.” 

Ginger isn’t the only long-timer at the shelter. Two other dogs, female Sophie and male Quinn, have been at the Hendricks County animal shelter for a year. Hughes hopes Ginger along with the other two pups can be adopted soon.

Story by Jenny Dreasler/WISH.

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