After more than 200 days in the shelter, it’s time for the 7-year-old pit bull mix to find a forever home

By Amy Jamieson
Updated March 29, 2012 06:15 PM

Home. Some cats and dogs never have one to call their own. We want to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary homeless pet every week. Today, we’d like you to meet Lady, a 7-year-old pit bull mix rescued from an abusive home by New York City’s ASPCA.

In 2011, humane law enforcement agents saved this sweet girl from a house that wasn’t a home. She’s been in the care of the ASPCA for more than 200 days, and in that time she’s transformed into a different dog.

“Before she came here, she didn’t have a lot of positive experiences,” says Victoria Wells, senior manager of behavior and training at the ASPCA’s adoption center. “But in the time she’s been here, she’s made a lot of friends and has become a very social dog.”

While the specific details about her abusive past are confidential, Lady’s previous life was definitely not filled with a lot of love. “She didn’t know how to deal with attention and love before,” says Wells. “She’s really receptive to people hugging her now.”

Kisses and cuddles are a part of her regular routine – and if she really likes you, she’ll plop her 45-lb. self into your lap. This not-so-little Lady is living proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks: she can sit and lay down on command, and could definitely learn more party tricks with the right teacher.

The perfect home for this freckle-faced girl would not have other animals or small children who could potentially aggravate her chronic osteoarthritis, which is controlled by a daily pill. Homes with lots of stairs are not recommended.

If you want to show Lady what a loving home is really like, contact the ASPCA adoptions desk at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Lovebug.