Among the many strays taken in this year by the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, was a vibrant 8-year-old black Labrador, weighing in at close to 90 pounds.

He was the kind of dog the shelter at one time would have considered an easy adoption ― social and handsome, with “just a phenomenal personality,” said shelter administrator Mindy Naticchioni.

“Pre-pandemic, he would have been there a short time,” Naticchioni said. “People would have been lining up to get him. But he was with us for almost two months. It’s just atypical to have a Lab, regardless of age, stay with us for that long.”


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