Dog Returned To Shelter Due To Being ‘Too Nice’ In Search Of A Snuggle Partner

A lovely, affectionate Boxer mix is looking for a forever home after being returned to a shelter for “being too kind.”

According to Lifeline Animal Project, a non-profit organization that works with shelters in Atlanta, Georgia, to preserve healthy and adoptable pets from extermination, the family returned the 4-year-old r.e.s.c.u.e dog named Helena because she was too friendly.

“Introducing….the sweetest, kindest, snuggliest puppy in the ATL,” LifeLine Animal Project stated on Facebook about Helena. Helena was recently returned to our Fulton County Animal Services facility after her new owners complained that she was “too friendly” and “wanted to be with them all of the time.”

Helena’s previous owners were looking for a more independent dog – a guard dog – for their home, and “Helena just isn’t that,” according to Lifeline.

Helena’s loving disposition was ignored by the adopter when looking for a suitable guard dog for whatever reason.


“There are… widespread preconceptions that dogs that look like Helena are home protectors or guardians, and she isn’t,” Lifeline noted. “She’s looking for a bestie and is pure love.”

Helena was picked up as a stray and brought to Lifeline Animal Project in the summer, according to Karen Hirsch. She was malnourished and in poor physical condition. Her lovely nature, on the other hand, was readily apparent.

“It was evident the client was searching for a guard/protection dog,” Hirsch told TODAY. He also recommended that she be adopted by a woman because “women are more into the petting stuff.”

Hirsch does not believe that “petting stuff” is only for women. Helena only needs to find the right home for her, one that will accept her as the “Velcro dog” she is.

“She always wants to be the focus of your universe,” Hirsch added. “Ideally, we’d like her to go to a household where she’ll be smothered in affection.” And where someone can be her Velcro’s soft side.”

“This Velcro dog seems just about perfect to us,” Lifeline said. And we know there’s a family out there eager to snuggle with this sweet velvet hippo while binge-watching Netflix. “Could it possibly be you?”


Helena didn’t have to wait long to find a new family who appreciated her caring nature.

In a Facebook post displaying Helena posing with her joyful new family, Lifeline noted, “Nice men (dogs) don’t always finish last.”

We’re glad Helena has a bright future ahead of her!

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