Harry, a 3-year-old Bull Arab-mix, spent more than 650 days in a Ropes Creek animal shelter.
Staff at the Animal Justice League NSW shelter could not put their finger on why no one had been willing to adopt the boisterous pup.
However, last month Harry finally found a new home in the shape of the Maldonado family.
New owner, Susi Maldonado said she grew up in a family of dog-lovers and had been searching to find the right pet to adopt.
“My partner and I have been wanting to foster care for a while now. We looked around and visited the shelter a few times before we met Harry,” she said.
“As soon as we saw him we fell in love.”
Ms Maldonado said Harry had settled in well at his new home, despite suffering from a slight neurological condition that requires daily medication.
“I really don’t understand why people didn’t pick him before we did, he’s really laid back and easy to live with,” she said.
“He’s quite a big dog but it’s going really well. Whenever we take him out for a walk people always comment on how beautiful he is.”
Ms Maldonado said fostering a dog from a shelter was a rewarding experience and encouraged others to open their hearts to a pre-loved pets. She said she would consider adopting a second dog once Harry was fully settled in.
Last year more than 13,000 pets were relocated from shelters to new homes in NSW thanks to organisations including Animal Welfare League NSW and the RSPCA.
“I would definitely tell people to look at adopting or fostering rather than buying, but it’s important to look at your family situation and find the right one for you.
“When you are fostering you are not 100 per cent committed to the dog but more often than not you want to keep it in the end.
“There are lots of local groups who do training programs, which are great at improving your knowledge and your relationship with your dog.”
For information on how to adopt or foster a pet, visit: www.awlnsw.com.au