Poor Chester is still waiting 5 years being overlooked!! He is a sweet guy who loves to lay on the couch. He likes most other dogs . 631-765-1811 ext 1 or manager@nfawl.org
A 6-year-old pit bull named Chester spent five years — that's about 36 dog years — living in shelters until a clever employee shared a photo of him on Facebook.

Gabby Stroup, manager of the North Fork Animal Welfare League on Long Island, posed Chester with a sign that read, "Why doesn't anybody want me? I've been waiting 5 years. Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me? I promise to be good and love my new family. Please maybe you are my new family. I sit and wait for you to come.”

The photo quickly went viral, amassing thousands of likes and more than 20,000 shares in just a matter of days, and soon the shelter was fielding hundreds of calls and emails from people across the country who were interested in adopting the pit bull.

Last weekend, Chester went home with Michigan couple Dana and Adi Dor and their two sons, a family that Stroup called Chester’s “perfect match.”

The Dor family lost their two Yorkies five years ago — the same amount of time that Chester has been waiting for adoption.

“We think he was waiting for us,” Dana Dor told Southhold Local.

Although Chester is a sweet dog, shelter workers say negative stereotypes about pit bulls likely discouraged people from wanting to adopt him.

Unscrupulous breeding, irresponsible owners and sensationalized media reports have often made the dogs the target of breed-specific legislation, but pit bull advocates are working to change the breed’s perception.

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