Dog Who's Been Waiting for a Home for 7 Years 'Begs' for a 'Second Chance' | 22 Words

Hundreds of thousands of dogs spend the majority of their lives in and out of shelters and this is not okay.

Of course, each dog comes with its own unique circumstances, and it is often the case that a dog simply needs a second chance to be a part of a family.

Keep scrolling to learn about Ginger who has been waiting for her second chance for 7 years now...

There are too many dogs stuck in animal shelters these days.

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According to statistics by the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs are surrendered into animal shelters nationwide every single year.

A dog isn't just for Christmas...

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But sadly, too many people don’t realize this and are quick to give up their pooches once they’ve grown bored and tired of them.

And, even more heartbreakingly so...

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Around 670,000 of these pooches are euthanized every year as a tragic result of never being adopted.

An animal shelter is no home for a dog.

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The permanently unsettled, and somewhat chaotic and overcrowded environment of a shelter can cause great stress to our poor pooches.

But finding a forever home for these shelter dogs is no easy task.

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Thanks to the trend of "designer puppies" being on the rise, the older, cross-bred dogs find themselves being left unwanted in their shelters.

People would rather spend thousands of dollars on a purebred pup than open their homes to an older dog...

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It's simply heartbreaking.

Many dogs spend the majority of their lives in shelters...

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And the recent story of a labrador-mix truly demonstrates this problem.

This is Ginger...

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And she is a Labrador-Shar-Pei mix who has been waiting in Dogwood Animal Shelter in Missouri for 7 years now.

She was rescued from an abusive situation...

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But while she’s fully trained and a friendly dog, getting Ginger adopted has been tricky because she needs to be the only pet at home and can’t live with small children.

The shelter posted a heartbreaking photo of Ginger on their social media recently...

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"Hi, I’m Ginger. I’ve been here waiting 7 years, 9 months, 2 weeks, 2 days. I’m a good girl! I promise! I just need a 2nd chance," the sign on her kennel reads.

All dogs deserve a second chance...

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And it is utterly devastating that poor Ginger has been waiting 7 years for hers.

But amazingly...

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The post has now been shared more than 46,000 times and Ginger has received thousands of comments of support.

Mission Driven, who work to raise awareness of shelter pets, were overwhelmed with the love and support.

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"Thank you for the outpouring of concern about Ginger. Long term residency for animals in a true no-kill shelter is a problem not unique to Dogwood Animal Shelter," they wrote online.

Thankfully, the shelter will never give up on Ginger.

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"The fact that she would be best placed in a home with no other animals or small children has narrowed the possibilities, but we never give up trying," they went on to say.

Whoever adopts Ginger needs to be based in Missouri...

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And she’ll need to be matched with someone who can be patient and give her plenty of love and affection as she learns to trust again.

Do you think you could offer Ginger a loving home?

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Then click here to be directed to the adoption page. Keep scrolling to learn about the retired military dogs up for adoption...