Our readers who follow the shelter news know that every few weeks we receive new dogs rescued from overcrowded kill shelters in California. News of the new dogs’ arrival is met with excitement by our staff, volunteers, and people in the community anxious to adopt a new best friend.

Often, these new dogs are usually adopted quickly into their loving forever homes, and who does that leave still lingering in a cage at the shelter? Beauty and Kharma!

Kharma is a pretty tan and white American pit bull mix who sadly has been at the shelter since July. Black Beauty is a glossy Labrador-American Staffordshire terrier mix who has been with us since October.

These two dogs have watched other dogs come and go for weeks on end, most likely because of the stigma attached to the “bully breeds” in shelters across the nation. In kill shelters, this means that they are euthanized to make room for other dogs, and in no-kill shelters like the SPCHS shelter they can be caged for weeks … sometimes months.

What usually happens in these sad stories is that potential adopters dismiss the pittie mixes and do not know that these dogs often have very good qualities that are being overlooked time after time.

Kharma has lived with older children, and has adapted well to other dogs when good introduction techniques have been followed. She is a super happy, loving dog, but you can see in her eyes that she is becoming sadder as time goes on. She is a young, active dog who loves to go for walks, and should have a fenced yard for exercise. And, one of the greatest things about Kharma; her previous owner said that she was “awesome” with her cats!

Beauty is very sweet, friendly, and eager to please. She wants to be everyone’s friend, and to be a lap dog. She will happily crawl into your lap and loves massages. Beauty loves to play, especially catch. She gets very excited when playing and can get mouthy; therefore, no kids under 16. We do not know how she is with cats, but did notice that she showed a lot of notice in the cats in the shelter lobby, so a cat-free home would probably be best.

We are hoping that adopters for these two great dogs will catch the holiday spirit and give them loving homes. They have waited long enough watching dozens of “newbie” dogs find homes while they linger in cages. Could you be the one to make their holidays bright?

Adoptions require approval of an adoption application. Applications are available at beachpets.com. Email the completed form to spchs330@gmail.com. Prospective adopters can also fill out an application at the shelter.

SPCHS Shelter is at 330 Second St. NE, Long Beach, WA 98631 (P.O. Box 101) 642-1180. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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