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Patient pooch’s wait on adoption from Alabama shelter at 840 days and counting

Rutabaga has been in an east Alabama animal shelter for more than 840 days. It's time to find...
Rutabaga has been in an east Alabama animal shelter for more than 840 days. It's time to find her forever home.(Source: East Alabama Humane Society)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 11:10 AM CDT
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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WSFA) - They say vegetables are good for you, and if that’s true, there’s a Rutabaga that’s been ripe for the picking for more than two years at an east Alabama shelter.

Notice that’s Rutabaga with a capital R. She wouldn’t mind the lowercase letter, though. She’s more focused on an ever-growing number: 840+ days and counting.

Rutabaga has been overlooked and passed-by for possible adoption for more than two years, the longest stint on record for the East Alabama Humane Society in Phenix City.

Still, she waits. And sleeps. And makes the shelter workers smile.

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Rutabaga didn’t come in by herself when she arrived in January 2019. She had a litter of nine puppies, whom the shelter thoughtfully named in a veggie-theme. They were all plucked up quickly, leaving Momma behind for a better life.

The shelter’s Ines Woodberry said it’s unclear why she hasn’t gotten her forever home. “She’s a really good dog with no behavior issues,” she explained. She’s “low energy” Woodberry pointed out, and loves to sleep on the couch.

Fun fact: A Rutabaga is a very close cousin of the couch potato! Ruti is still searching for...
Fun fact: A Rutabaga is a very close cousin of the couch potato! Ruti is still searching for her forever!!!!!!(Source: East Alabama Humane Society)

The shelter has posted pictures and videos of her numerous times on social media, and while there has been some interest, nothing has ever materialized. Many of those interested in her have cats, which she’s not suited for. She is good with other lower energy dogs, though.

The 4-year-old Pit Bull/Bull Terrier mix does get some attention from a foster home, though Woodberry points out it’s not an adoption situation. She comes back to the shelter often and is very much available for someone to take home permanently.

“She has a really funny and silly personality,” Woodberry explained. “When she plays, she will make you smile. People see her pictures but don’t see her amazing personality. She snores and her tongue sticks out.”

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Rutabaga is a good girl. There are no behavior issues, according to the shelter. She can be left alone and does not have any destructive habits. She’s house broken, up-to-date on vaccines, is spayed and microchipped.

About the only thing she doesn’t have is...you.

If you would like to start the clock on the number of days she spends in your home, you’ll need to fill out an application on the shelter’s website and set up a time to come and see her.

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