‘Buddy is the nicest boy’: Dog spends over a year in shelter and Northumberland Humane Society calls for help

Buddy, a six-year-old Alaskan Malamute, has been in the care of the Northumberland Humane Society for over a year and is in desperate need of a forever home.

For more than a year, the Northumberland Humane Society (NHS) has been trying to find Buddy – an Alaskan Malamute – a ‘forever home’.

But before he even found his way here, Buddy called two other shelters home.

“We’re his third shelter, so I don’t know how long he’s been in the shelter (system), but it’s definitely been over a year,” Shanika Suriya, chief executive of the Northumberland Humane Society, told Northumberland News after the shelter appealed for help in finding Buddy a forever home.

Buddy was transferred from one shelter to another, then to the shelter here. Over the past year, the local humanitarian society has been desperately trying to find Buddy a home, not wanting to put him through another transfer.

Buddy’s story of waiting over a year for a forever home is not considered “common”. Although locally the humane society has noted that they are seeing more animals being brought in – more, a general decline and interest in adoptions at this time and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, even finding homes for “highly adoptive animals” — including dogs that are dog-friendly, cat-friendly and kid-friendly — is a challenge, as there seems to be little interest, Suriya noted.

Meanwhile, for Buddy, his story becomes more heartbreaking every day. By comparison, generally any stay longer than two weeks in a shelter is considered long, Suriya said.

“He was adopted twice and came back. (It was not) the right solution (in these circumstances) unfortunately. He’s a really nice dog, just looking for the right family.

And there have been many quasi-adoptions – many would-be adopters have had to move away, just because they already had other dogs or pets. In short, Buddy needs an adult and a home without pets or children (so no other dogs, cats or other animals.)

Buddy is currently in an offsite foster home — but it’s not permanent — and finding those foster homes without animals is also rare these days, Suriya said.

It is the Humane Society’s hope that by issuing this plea for help, Buddy can find a home before he has to return to the shelter.

Earlier, on June 15, the NHS held a ‘bittersweet’ celebration for Buddy to mark his sixth birthday – and the first anniversary of his being taken into care by society. Local staff and supporters gathered, bringing balloons, gifts and even a birthday cake (only for the dogs, of course.)

“Buddy is the sweetest boy and we love spending time with him, but he really deserves a home of his own.”

With Buddy’s birthday party, the Humane Society was trying to raise awareness about his search for a home. After the celebration, Buddy returned to the care of his offsite foster home.

By sharing Buddy’s story, Suriya also hoped to spark some interest in general adoptions and consideration for foster guardianship. Especially right now there is such a need, Suriya pointed out.

Foster guardians temporarily care for animals until they are adopted. And the benefits are plentiful for animals like Buddy who do better at home while in shelter. The society supports foster families while they care for animals in need with all expenses covered by the shelter and with training support also available, it was explained.

Buddy needs an active family with experience with large breed dogs and no other pets. To apply to adopt Buddy, email [email protected]

To find out more about becoming an adoptive guardian, email [email protected]

Buddy is so loved and it’s so unfortunate that no one has been able to adopt him yet, Suriya said.

“…We’re all hoping for the same thing: someone to give him the forever home he really needs.”