Dogs
Owners Return Pit Bull To Shelter Because She’s ‘Too Nice’
This pit bull just wanted a home where she could be herself.
Rachel Shapiro
04.19.19

One-year-old Ruby spent most of her first year of life in a shelter before she was finally adopted.

The pit bull was sweet as could be, and she loved people. She was also very smart and knew lots of obedience commands. Because of that, Orange County Animal Services didn’t anticipate Ruby having any trouble with her new family.

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Just a few weeks after Ruby was adopted, her owners returned her to the shelter. When the shelter staff asked the family why they were returning Ruby, they said she was ‘too nice.’

The family explained they had been looking for a guard dog, but Ruby refused to bark. She was simply too friendly.

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A woman named Britta went to the shelter, and she happened to come across Ruby’s kennel.

When she saw the reason why Ruby was returned to the shelter, she was shocked. She shared a post about Ruby to her Facebook page, and it quickly went viral. Everyone was amazed that someone would return this sweet girl for simply being too nice.

“Shelter officials say she is housebroken and friendly with men and women. Ruby was spayed Thursday and will be available for adoption Friday,” Orange County Animal Services told WKMG.

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Britta Waterfilter via Facebook

After Ruby’s story went viral, applications started pouring in for her. It didn’t take the shelter long to find the right home for Ruby. Just a few days after Ruby was surrendered back at the shelter, she left and went to her new forever home!

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Britta hopes Ruby’s story will help get more people interested in adopting dogs from the Orange County Animal Services.

“If you still want to adopt a dog (or cat), please start your search at a shelter or rescue,” Britta wrote on Facebook. “Orange County Animal Services alone receives about 53 dogs and cats A DAY. Thank you all for caring so much.”

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Ruby isn’t the only pit bull who has been returned to a shelter for being ‘too nice.’

In 2018, Inside Edition shared the story of Helena, another pit bull who was supposed to be a guard dog. But Helena loved everyone, and she had no interest in barking at intruders. Helena also quickly found a new home, and she became a ‘Velcro dog.’

“She was super loving, loved to be cuddled and liked to give kisses,” LifeLine Animal Project staffer Karen Hirsch told Inside Edition. “She is this way with everyone!”

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Ruby and Helena may not be great guard dogs, but they are wonderful family pets who love their humans more than anything. We’re so glad both of these ‘nice’ dogs got great homes!

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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