Pit bull spends 1,000 days at Lexington Animal Shelter

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – When an animal comes to the Lexington Humane Society, it usually doesn’t take very long to find a forever home. We are told that the average is less than two weeks.

But for a dog here now, two weeks has turned into 142 weeks. On Friday, “Ginny”, the mix of black pit bulls, spent his 1,000e day here.

“It’s a testament to Ginny’s state of mind and the care we give her,” Katy Stoess said. Stoess directs LHS Special Events.

“We are throwing a big party to celebrate this accomplishment,” Stoess added before saying it will be a bittersweet celebration.

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The staff here love animals, but they love it even more when the animals find a new family to come home to. “Ginny” hasn’t been able to make it after nearly three years because there are several caveats that come with her adoption.

“Ginny is a lot. She has a lot of energy, she’s a black pit bull, which a lot of people don’t like. And she needs a very active adopter because if she doesn’t give off that energy, she gets a little destructive. She also can’t go into a house with other animals and can’t go into an apartment,” Stoess explained.

She also can’t, or at least shouldn’t be with young children given her strength. She is a nice but turbulent dog.


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“One of the things about Ginny is that she’s always happy. She’s not a dog that regressed from being at the shelter,” said Ashley Kirkwood, who volunteers with LHS, and takes Ginny for long walks several times a week.

Kirkwood knows “Ginny” would be great for the right owner, and Stoess hopes that person will show up as well.

“This is her home, and we treat her like our own dog. Until the right person comes along, we will continue to do the same,” Stoess said.

If you are interested in adopting “Ginny” or another animal, please visit the Lexington Humane Society website here. Adopt love | Lexington Humane Society

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