BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. -- One year after she and her nine puppies were rescued during a drug raid in Saratoga, a female pit-bull is still in need of a new home.
Over the past 12 months, "Mama," as she's known, has grown into one of the favorites at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.
"Mama has so endeared herself to so many of the volunteers and the staff here," said Kristina Klein, one of the shelter’s volunteers.
"She is a sweet dog that is completely social with people," said Stacy Dussault, an aid at the shelter.
"Once you get in a room with her and you sit down and hang out with her, you will be slobbered on,” joked Klein.
It was last April 20 when the five to six-year-old female pit-bull and her nine puppies arrived at the shelter. The night earlier, they were rescued during a large drug raid at a Saratoga Springs home.
"I live not far from where she was pulled from and I remember seeing the helicopters and wondering what was going on," Klein said.
"Obviously, when she first came in she was pretty scared,” Dussault said. “She was very thin."
It didn't take long for each of the puppies to find new families but a year later, the shelter has yet to find the right match for "Mama."
"We don't feel her going to a home with another dog would be beneficial for her," Dussault said. "When they are not good with other animals, they tend to be a little bit harder for us to place."
Because "Mama" suffers from a strained ACL, staff are seeking a family that has a lot of time to spend with her.
"Somebody who would just take her for a lot of nice walks, would be good,” Klein said. “Because it would be better if she keeps her activity level lower."
"Mama" is one of the rare cases that's gone a year before adoption. Because the shelter lacks a "no kill" policy, staff are hopeful she'll find a loving home before it's too late.
"It's always a possibility,” Dussault said. “You never know what is going to happen the next day."
"We would cry when she left the building but it would be sad and happy tears all at once," Klein said.
If you or someone you know might be interested in adopting “Mama,” visit the Saratoga County Animal Shelter’s websiteor call them at (518) 885-4113.