Many of the animals who are brought to the NCSPCA find homes within a few weeks to a few months. However, some of our animals, especially those with special needs or unique circumstances, remain at the shelter for many months - sometimes more than a year. This week we would like to dedicate this article to some of the longtime residents of the shelter who are hopeful that soon they will find themselves in a loving home and have their very own family. Although some of these dogs and cats may need special food, gentle treatment, or ongoing medical care, you will find that they have a lot to offer as a companion to the right person.

Apollo is a beautiful cream and white colored, domestic shorthair-mix cat who was rescued from a golf course along with her siblings when she was a kitten. Although she has grown to adulthood, she has not yet found a home. She has a shy and gentle nature and would need time to adjust to a new home. She prefers quiet environments without too much activity or other pets. She has a playful side that she will share with you once she gets to know and trust you.

Indigo is a hound-mix whose owner could no longer care for her. When she arrived at the shelter, she was very timid and did not know how to walk on a leash without pulling. Shelter staff have worked with her to improve her social skills. Although she is still mistrustful of strangers, Indigo has become very loyal to people she knows. She enjoys playing games and has been leash trained. She loves to be rewarded with treats.

Princess is a lovely Staffordshire Bull Terrier-mix who arrived at the shelter as one of 33 animals involved in an abuse case. She has a gentle personality and she is eager for affection. When she arrived at the shelter, she was horribly underweight and had numerous medical problems, but this tenacious young lady fought herself back to health. She is hoping to find someone to give her the love she didn't have at her previous home.

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