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Dog Dumped At Shelter By Family Because She Got ‘Too Big’

She escaped the euthanasia list four times — because the whole staff loved her so much.

She was “too big.” This was the explanation given to the shelter workers when an owner dropped off a 5-year-old dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center (ACC) in July.

The dog, an affable pit bull mix named Clover, had lived with her family for many years, and she’d apparently gotten along with everyone in the household, which included adults, toddlers and infants. Clover had also lived with another dog, who was her daughter. But when the owners decided that their house had become too crowded, Clover was the first one to go.

Abandoned dog at shelter
ACC

“Initially when she came into the shelter, she was good,” Stacey Silverstein, cofounder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, the group that eventually pulled Clover, told The Dodo. “But let’s be honest. A shelter is a very, very scary place. There are tons of dogs there. It’s loud, it’s scary, it’s unfamiliar. Clover was a family dog, so obviously she was very shell-shocked.”

Shelter dog in bandana
ACC

It didn’t take long for the stressful shelter environment to get to Clover. Her behavior started to change, especially when she interacted with other dogs, although she was always affectionate and loving toward people.

Shelter dog getting pets
ACC

“She was doing really poorly in the shelter,” Silverstein said. “Her behavior was really deteriorating. She was cage-aggressive, and they couldn’t put her into a playgroup with other dogs. She was giving the shelter a really hard time, and they just really wanted her out."

Shelter dog being affectionate
ACC

This was enough to get Clover on the euthanasia list — not once, but four different times. Silverstein doesn’t think Clover would be here today if someone hadn’t recognized the dog’s sweet side.

“Someone there was her guardian angel,” Silverstein said. “She was very lovable and warm, and the staff really took to her.”

Shelter dog getting a hug
ACC

By the time Clover had been saved from euthanasia for the fourth time, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC had found the perfect foster home for her in upstate New York, where she’s currently living until she finds a forever family.

Rescue dog in car
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

“[The foster dad] was confident that he could help Clover, and he was telling the truth, because if you look at those pictures, she looks amazing,” Silverstein said.

“It’s a miracle,” Silverstein said. “She’s doing amazingly well, and it worked out really well.”

Rescue dogs on couches
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
If you’re interested in giving Clover the secure and loving home that she deserves, contact Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. You can also help the organization save more dogs like Clover by making a donation.