Vanessa, a senior pit bull, was left at a dog shelter in New Orleans in August 2012 when she was a puppy, and she has spent the majority of her life in a kennel at Villalobos, a pit bull rescue. For years she was passed over. The odds were against her adoption since Pitbull’s, black colored and senior dogs are often overlooked. Last month, a shelter employee posted about Vanessa on Facebook: “Please be the one who brings Vanessa into their life before she has to spend another year here.” Ellie Mitchell, a paramedic from Delaware, saw her picture and immediately submitted her application to adopt her. After 11 years, Vanessa now has a home. “My dogs are my family, Mitchell said. “I’m looking forward to adding Vanessa to the bunch and spoiling her rotten.”

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