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Dog Who Was Returned To A Shelter Received Over 500 Cards And A Party For Her 10th Birthday

Due to misconceptions about the breed, Pit Bulls often spend more time in shelters than other dogs. Truffles, a 10-year-old Pitbull mix in New York is one unfortunate victim of this phenomenon.

You might be familiar with the Sophie Gamand photoshoot Truffles starred in. Gamand took soft pictures of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes in flower crowns in order to show the softer side of a breed usually assumed aggressive. It was a beautiful series done with the goal of getting the adoptable pitties to their forever homes.

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LONG ISLAND, NY: Last week, Truffles celebrated her 10th birthday with all her favorite volunteers from @brookhaven_shelter. I crowned and photographed Truffles 5 years ago. Back then, she was 5 years old, and had so many years to offer a family. But sadly, no one ever came for Truffles. Now she is 10, still waiting for that someone, and with less and less time to get that lucky break. And even though she is loved by the volunteers, it’s just not the same as a comfy home. A group of volunteers led by Valerie, decided to organize a special hotel sleepover for Truffles’ birthday. They asked people to send birthday cards from all over the country (and the world!). And you all showed up!!! Cards came from all over, nearly 500 of them! The volunteers took turn to read out loud every single card, look at every single photo sent, and take in all the love. Truffles herself slept through most of it (as she should! It’s not often she gets to sleep in comfy bedding…). Hour after hour, the outpouring of love via those cards meant everything to the people who care for Truffles and her shelter friends, day after day. I can’t thank you enough for making this happen, and I am touched to tears from everyone who sent a drawing, a photo of their doggie, made a volunteer laugh, and wished Truffles a home at last… I made a video of a few snippets the volunteers captured live that night (check my IG channel for the full 5min video, it’s touching! Once laid on the floor, all the cards she’s received covered an area bigger than truffles’ actual kennel at the shelter. Imagine the power of all that love?? Now, can we get this girl a home?? Truffles loves people of all ages, especially children. She has allergies, managed with a special diet. She needs to be an only dog at home. She enjoys car rides and cuddles. We thought she didn’t like toys, but during her sleepover she actually loved chewing on them! She did so great. She really deserves to spend the rest of her life with the same level of comfort, attention and love she received that night at the hotel. THIS MORNING she was transferred to @jeffcospca, a much smaller org where her chances will be higher!

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At the time, Truffles was 5-years-old. Most of the dogs featured in the series went on to find families. Truffles, however, through no fault of her own was returned to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter this past June.

A dedicated volunteer at the shelter named Valerie Sanks remembers that the day Truffles returned, she greeted her with kisses. Sanks really felt for Truffles and came up with the cutest possible way to make it up to her: a 10th birthday sleepover party at a hotel!

Love that the I-phone groups videos and photos together and make a beautiful video !! A must watch of truffles hotel birthday party sleepover ! This was in my photos today as a memory

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Sanks went on social media and requested birthday cards for Truffle’s big two-digits. The cards needed to arrive by September 2nd.

Truffles received over 500 cards, from 46 states across the U.S., Canada, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Australia, Poland, New Zealand, Austria, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. One batch of 100 handmade cards came from a group of kids at a summer camp.

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Truffles suffers from allergies and can only eat specially prescribed treats. In her old age, she’s not really big on toys anymore either. So, cards were the perfect gift for this senior lady!

All of truffles birthday cards 473Of them from you all ❤️ please zoom in .

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On the day of her hotel sleepover birthday party, Sanks read Truffles’ cards aloud to her as guests gathered for snuggles and pets. Sanks told This Dog’s Life other people had to sub to read since there were too many cards.

“Each card had a sweet message. Cards from dogs had stories about how they were adopted, how long they lived in a shelter and their own family. But most all said, ‘don’t give up. There is a perfect family out there waiting for you!’”

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The party was princess-themed and Truffles really got the royal treatment. She dressed for the occasion and got to lounge on a big comfy hotel bed.

The night was all about her, Sanks told Patch.

“Truffles loves children so one of the volunteers went to pick up her daughter; when Truffles saw her daughter walk into the room, she was beyond happy!”

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Undoubtedly the party was a huge success, Sanks said.

“She walked into that room and I told her to come up on the couch. She jumped up and was so happy. Then she went to the bed, rolling around — this 10-year-old senior dog was acting like a puppy.”

Instead of a traditional cake, Truffles got one made of canned dog food molded into the shape of a bone.

Screenshot, @Blankets For Buster And His Friends/Facebook

This gorgeous gal may be waiting for her forever home, but she’s getting so much love in the meantime! It always thaws even the most frozen of hearts to know that people like Valerie Sanks and the other Brookhaven volunteers care so much.

After her party, Truffles moved to the SPCA Jefferson County. The Brookhaven Shelter thought a smaller shelter closer to a city would give Truffles a better chance at getting adopted.

update! Truffles was transferred to the Jefferson County SPCA today (Upstate New York)! That shelter is much smaller, so Truffles chances will be higher. LONG ISLAND, NY: Last week, Truffles celebrated her 10-year birthday with all her favorite volunteers from the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter. I crowned and photographed Truffles 5 years ago. Back then, she was 5 years old, and had so many years to offer a family. But sadly, no one ever came for Truffles. Now she is 10, still waiting for that someone, and with less and less time to get that lucky break. And even though she is loved by the volunteers, it’s just not the same as a comfy home. A group of volunteers led by Valerie, decided to organize a special hotel sleepover for Truffles’ birthday. They asked people to send birthday cards from all over the country (and the world!). And you all showed up!!! Cards came from all over, nearly 500 of them! The volunteers took turn to read out loud every single card, look at every single photo sent, and take in all the love. Truffles herself slept through most of it (as she should! It’s not often she gets to sleep in comfy bedding…). Hour after hour, the outpouring of love via those cards meant everything to the people who care for Truffles and her shelter friends, day after day. I can’t thank you enough for making this happen, and I am touched to tears from everyone who sent a drawing, a photo of their doggie, made a volunteer laugh, and wished Truffles a home at last… Check Blankets for Buster and his Friends page for all the videos!Once laid on the floor, all the cards she’s received covered an area bigger than truffles’ actual kennel at the shelter. Imagine the power of all that love?? Now, can we get this girl a home??Truffles loves people of all ages, especially children. She has allergies, which are managed with a special diet. She needs to be an only dog at home. She enjoys car rides and cuddles. We thought she didn’t like toys, but during her sleepover she actually loved chewing on them and snuggling! She did so great. She really deserves to spend the rest of her life with the same level of comfort. attention and love she received that night at the hotel. Please, I’m begging you, share her, tag a friend. To adopt Truffles, visit www.brookhavenny.gov/152/Animal-Shelter (300 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven, NY 11719) or call 631-286-4940.

Posted by Sophie Gamand on Sunday, September 8, 2019

Even though she’s so beloved, Truffles is there now, waiting to be adopted. If you want to be the King or Queen to this Princess you can see more about adopting her here!

H/T: Patch, This Dog’s Life

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