Lysa DeLaurentis, owner of All Humane Animal Rescue in Wanaque, started a campaign to find a home for Katore, a 5-year-old pit bull.
Katore came to Wanaque as a rescue from Gafield when she was 1, DeLaurentis said.
The months and years went by and DeLaurentis eventually realized just how long Katore lived at the shelter.
"I used to think a year was long," she told Daily Voice. "It's too long."
DeLaurentis said the perception of pit bulls may have contributed to Katore's long stay. The rescued dog would make a great addition to the right home, she said.
"You meet her and it's hard not to love her," she said.
Katore was used to breed more pit bulls in an illegal operation before coming to Wanaque, DeLaurentis said. She never experienced a normal home and the shelter owner said now's the time to change that.
Katore does well with people and children. She would be better suited for a home with no cats and is selective with other dogs, DeLaurentis said.
DeLaurentis said she and her mother treat Katore like their "baby girl" in the meantime.
"I can't wait until the day she gets a home, but I know I'm going to cry my head off," she said. "I'm hoping it's somebody who's not too far so I can visit."
MORE INFO: TO learn more about Katore, email the shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its Facebook page.
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