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The 12 Dogs of Christmas: Meet Elijah, Looking for a Family for Almost 4 Years!



It’s the holidays! The time of year for families to gather together to celebrate traditions, share old memories, and make new ones. This year, as you surround yourself with family and friends, both two-legged and four-legged alike, remember there are millions of dogs in shelters, patiently waiting for a family of their own.

For some, this won’t be their first, second, or even their third Christmas behind bars.

It’s our Christmas wish that every dog in rescue would find a home for the holidays, so we’ve selected 12 special dogs from around the country that have been overlooked time and time again. Some are senior dogs, some have special needs, and some are passed over for reasons we simply can’t understand – but, they all deserve to spend the holidays with a family of their own.

We’re calling this the 12 Dogs of Christmas. The Dogington Post along with our friends at Wellness Natural Pet Food have joined forces to introduce you to 12 needy dogs in hopes that they’ll finally get noticed…and maybe get a home for the holidays!

Meet Elijah!


Name of Shelter or Rescue Organization: North Fork Animal Welfare League, Inc., New York (Transport available outside of NY!)

Age: 7 years

How long at shelter/rescue: Over 3 years

Type/Size/Sex: Male, neutered Terrier-mix, 75-pounds

Elijah’s Story:

Elijah’s story is one that’s all too common. He was found in March 2013 wandering along the highway as a stray. He waited at the shelter for so long for his family to come, but, sadly, no one ever came to claim him. He was so heartbroken. It’s hard for us to believe that no one was looking for this lovable guy!

Once you meet him, you will understand why he is a favorite among the volunteers! Elijah is a very special boy. He loves to run and play and can amuse himself for hours playing and with his Jolly Ball. He has been in the shelter almost 4 years, which is so heartbreaking. He has so much love to give all he needs is a chance. Come meet this amazing boy we guarantee you will fall in love! Follow Elijah on his very own Facebook page here!


Likes: Elijah LOVES going for long walks and playing with people. Despite being an older guy, Elijah has plenty of energy and would love an active family to have fun with.

Dislikes: Cats!

Special Considerations: Elijah is high energy and would do best in a home with no young children, no cats, and probably would be best as an only dog. Although that may be workable with a proper introduction.


Elijah’s Perfect Family: An active, loving family that wants a dog to enjoy life WITH! Elijah is great in the car and would be so happy to have a family to do fun things with! He will quickly win your heart and be your best friend!

Elijah will soon face his FOURTH Christmas without a family all his own.

Does Elijah seem like the perfect fit for your family? Here’s how to begin the adoption process:


Visit, or email: [email protected], or call 631-765-1811 ext 1

Elijah’s adoption fee is $100, he is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm negative, and microchipped.
UPDATE: Elijah is still looking for his perfect family, but, a generous dog-lover has sponsored his adoption fee!



Will Elijah finally find his forever with you?


The great folks at Wellness Natural Pet Food have a mission to help you provide your pet a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition. With that goal in mind, they’re making a generous donation of premium pet food to each rescue that’s cared for these amazing dogs for so long. And, if you adopt one of our “12 Dogs of Christmas,” they’ll send you 3 months worth of food for your newest furry family member, too!

About Wellness:

quincyAt Wellness®, we do whatever it takes to create the healthiest foods for the pets that depend on us. Food feeds their souls, sustains their lives and protects their bodies. That’s why our diverse team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets has only one mission: To help you provide your pet a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition. For each of our recipes we never compromise—selecting nature’s finest ingredients and combining them in exact proportions to help support your pet’s health and wellbeing. Because we’re passionately picky from the first step to the last, we guarantee our products will deliver the Wellness Promise.


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