A 14-year-old rescue dog has finally been adopted after spending 11 years at a US shelter.
A couple who recently lost a pooch to cancer took Wiggles home after they weren't put off by a benign tumour in her leg.
Five A's kennel worker Karla Crane said: "I cried tears of happiness at her adoption.
"I work in the kennel and take care of all the dogs. The couple also gave a $300 donation to the Five A’s they were so kind.”
The retired nurse said pitbull cross Wiggles was brought into the shelter in Godfrey, Illinois, aged three, and is thought to be 14.
Karla told KSDK she contacted the Missouri couple on Tuesday and Wiggles has been settling well in her first two days at their Lake St. Louis Home.
She said: “I just talked to the people who adopted her and they said she is doing well.
“Wiggles is still trying to figure out what is going on, but they are able to walk her in the neighborhood with a leash with no problem. They said Wiggles doesn't bark at other dogs when she walks with them.
“The couple had dogs that passed away with cancer and thought it was time to adopt again. They have a big fenced-in yard and a nice neighborhood. They came in Sunday afternoon. This seems perfect for Wiggles.”
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Wiggles was adopted last Sunday after being described as a “nice, sweetheart of a dog,” by the operators of The Five A's Humane Society.
Her carers believed her large benign tumour on her thigh had seen her overlooked for adoption.
Before her adoption, Karla said the ideal person to rehome her would be someone who doesn’t have other pets and doesn’t have small kids.
She said Wiggles would mix well with children 12 to 13 or older, adding: “Maybe a retired couple or someone who can just spend time with Wiggles would be best to adopt her.
“She still runs well, eats good and lays in our laps. You couldn’t ask for a better dog.”
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