FAAS Dog Adopted after 993 Days

After 993 days, April has found her forever home. Why the now four-year-old boxer-Staffordshire mix took so long to find that perfect family was a mystery to everyone at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). She had always been a volunteer and staff favorite. 

Like all the animals at FAAS, she received care and love including walks, medical attention, belly rubs and spa weekends with volunteers for breaks from the shelter. In spite of how much she was loved, as time marched on April was passed over by the thousands of visiting families. 

Last October, three canine volunteers and April champions: Amanda McNair, Stephanie Bolton and April Ballar, produced a video — the centerpiece of a campaign to find April a home for the holidays. Then fate intervened.

While on vacation in Mexico for Thanksgiving, FAAS Executive Director, John Lipp, and his husband, met a nice couple from Seattle, named Steve and George. Steve shared how the couple were getting ready to open their hearts to another dog after losing a loved one — especially a bigger dog that might be misunderstood in a shelter but would thrive in their home. 

By viewing the volunteers’ video, they first met April that night and it was love at first click. After phone conversations and texts, on Jan. 11 George and Steve traveled from Seattle to meet April in person for the first time. Three hours later, April jumped into their car and all three began their journey to a new life together. 

April’s story is possible only because the FAAS community never gave up on her. Supporters, volunteers, staff all believed that someday this beautiful princess would find her prince charming. Turns out, she found two.