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Adopted Dog Surrendered to the Shelter for Being “Too Nice”

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Last October, 4-year old Helena was adopted by a family that Fulton County Animal Services hoped would give her the life she deserved. Just a few short months later, Helena was returned by her adopter for being “too nice” and wanted to be around them all the time.

Picked up in Atlanta, Georgia as a stray last summer, Helena arrived in poor shape, malnourished and in need of some TLC. But, despite her rough past, the sweet, lovable girl’s personality showed through.

Helena spent a short time at the shelter before being adopted in October by the very person that surrendered her back to the shelter this week.

Because of Helena’s breed and blocky-head, her adopters ignored her sweet, gentle, loving personality and adopted in the hope that she’d be a good guard dog.

“People judge dogs based on their appearances way too often,”LifeLine Animal Project spokesperson Karen Hirsch told TODAY. “You cannot judge a book by its cover!”

“Yes, she really was returned for being too nice,” Hirsch said. “It was obvious the gentleman was looking for a guard/protection dog. He also suggested she be adopted by a woman ‘because they are more into that petting stuff.'”

Now, LifeLine Animal Project are hoping to help Helena find a home that appreciates her snugglebug nature.

“Ideally, we want her to go to a home where she can be smothered in love. And where someone can be the soft side to her Velcro,” Hirsch said.

For more information, visit Helena’s adoption listing. Fulton County Animal Services is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Email [email protected] for more information about Helena, or visit her at the shelter.

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