After She Was Returned to the Shelter For Being ‘Too Nice,’ Helena Finally Finds Her Forever Home

“Helena was recently returned to our Fulton County Animal Services location after her new owners said she was too nice and just wanted to be around them all the time,” a Lifeline Animal Project staffer said.

The future is looking up for a sweet Georgia pup returned to an animal shelter because she was just too friendly for them. Apparently, they were looking for a guard dog, perhaps?

The story of beautiful Helena, a dog so affectionate that shelter staff nicknamed her “Velcro dog,” went viral last week after Lifeline Animal Project posted about her on Monday.

Here’s the scoop from Huffington Post:

Luckily for Helena, she’s found a new family who appreciates her loving, friendly personality, WIS-TV reports.

Lifeline spokeswoman Karen Hirsch elaborated earlier this week on the seemingly perplexing reason Helena had been returned in the first place.

“It was obvious the gentleman was looking for a guard/protection dog,” Lifeline spokeswoman Karen Hirsch told TODAY. “He also suggested she be adopted by a woman ‘because they are more into that petting stuff.’”

Helena originally came into the shelter as a malnourished stray in October. The man who initially adopted her brought her back in early March, but she only spent two days back at the shelter before being adopted again, according to Inside Edition.

Here’s to a happy life ahead for Helena.

Here’s more from 7 News Miami:

Helena was returned to their Fulton County Animal Services location after her owners realized she wasn’t the right for for them.

“The owners were looking for a more independent dog; and Helena just isn’t that,” the organization wrote in a comment on the post. “There are also common misconceptions that dogs that look like Helena are protectors or guardians of the home and she isn’t that either. She’s pure love and looking for a bestie.”

Luckily, the sweet pup has recently found a home that the organization says is “just as nice as she is.”

LifeLine spokesperson Karen Hirsch told Fox 32 its obvious that her new family will “spoil her rotten.”

“Nice guys (dogs) don’t always finish last,” Lifeline wrote in a Facebook post featuring Helena posing with her happy new family.

And here at Animal Lovers at Life, we totally agree… Sometimes, it takes more than one attempt to find that perfect forever home for a shelter dog. It’s definitely better to try one situation on for size, find it’s not a right fit, and then get it right on the second try versus some of the alternatives.

Have you ever adopted a pet and then had to return them?


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