6-year-old bulldog mix loves people and has an adorable underbite. Despite this, she has been in a shelter for more than half of her life, waiting to be noticed and adopted to a home she truly deserves.
Meet Bella, the Deaf and Adorable Shelter Dog
Bella was a stray canine sent to the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The shelter took her under their care for a year. She seemed to be like a normal dog at first before the staff eventually found out that she was deaf.
“Bella doesn’t act like she’s deaf,” said Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County animal placement coordinator Lacie Heritage where Bella currently lives.
“She will do just about anything with a hand signal and knows ‘sit’ really well, she knows ‘down,’ she knows ‘stay’,” Heritage continued.
“Bella loves people, and she’s always looking at your face. So she watches for your cues to see how she’s doing.”
Bella’s Has Been in Shelters For Long
Last year, PAWS has Bella under their custody. After heavy rains flooded the local town, a lot of people sent stray cats and dogs to the shelter. They eventually needed to decongest, reaching out to other animal centres for help.
The Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County in Maryland then agreed to take 15 dogs, which included Bella.
“Bella was actually their longest resident,” Heritage said.
“We took her because we thought she was really cute and really sweet, and she’d get adopted quickly.”
Sadly, people looking for dogs to adopt haven’t noticed the same on Bella. After she moved from one shelter to another, she remained open for a new family long enough. Instead of spending years on a home with a family, she’s stayed on a kennel for 3 years now.
Bella’s barking might have turned off people, Heritage explained.
Why People Overlooked Bella
“She does bark when people walk by her cage, so that puts people off a bit, and they just walk right by her,” Heritage shared.
“We believe it’s because she’s deaf and she doesn’t know what’s going on.”
The poor dog is always at her cage on the shelter. But whenever she’s treated on a walk out of it, she becomes totally different.