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After 500-Day Shelter Stint, Abused Dog Has Something To Smile About

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on February 22, 2024

After enduring severe abuse and spending almost 500 days in a shelter, a dog has at last discovered a permanent place to call home. Tiffany Lee, a news anchor for Channel Five, narrates the journey and highlights the unique aspects of this particular adoption. A dog that had been living in a shelter for more than a year and was involved in a cruelty case caught the attention of Ali Papy from the Best Friend Pet Resource Center. The initial concern was that prolonged confinement plus prior abuse could lead to behavioral challenges, making rehabilitation difficult. However, a central Arkansas animal shelter conveyed to Ali that Neo, the dog in question, was exceptional—an angel, to be precise.


Upon meeting Neo, Ali was astonished by his immediate trust and desire for affection. This experience underscored the importance of the mission at Best Friend’s Pet Resource Center. Neo, having spent a short time in a temporary home, was soon advertised by his foster mother as ready for a forever home, capturing Linda’s heart at first glance. The connection was instantaneous, and Linda officially welcomed the affectionate dog into her home.


Linda cherishes Neo for the companionship he provides, taking pride in knowing she has given a previously abused animal a loving and happy home. Neo has not only transformed Linda’s life but has also found joy and security in his new environment. He greets Linda excitedly at the door and is always eager to play, enriching her life immeasurably.


By sharing this story, Best Friend’s Pet Resource Center hopes that Neo’s story will inspire others to open their hearts and homes to adopt a pet in need, especially animals like Neo.

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