Dog In Shelter For 5 Years Becomes Star Of New Billboard To Help Him Find Home

Merrick has been at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City for nearly five years – 1,679 days to be exact, which is almost his entire life.

They have tried so many things to help him get adopted including photo shoots and promotional videos, but to no avail. But shelter staff refuses to give up on him.

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Their newest idea to help him find a home is to put up a giant billboard with Merrick on it, that will stay up for four weeks and will move to different places in the downtown Kansas City area.

The ads will be placed in a location where thousands of cars will drive by on a daily basis, which will give him the exposure that he so desperately needs.

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“He is my #1 priority and nothing would make me happier during the holidays than to know that Merrick finally found his hero,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

Merrick was brought to the shelter after someone found him abandoned with a giant abscess on his cheek, tooth and gum, that was the size of a grapefruit.

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Thankfully, they removed the abscess, and Merrick has been healthy ever since. Shelter staff is hoping that someone will see Merrick’s billboard and fall in love with him.

Merrick is well-loved at the shelter and has many people who come and visit him, but he is in dire need of a loving home with a family environment.

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Merrick is very sweet and friendly, but would do best in a home with no small children or other pets.

If you’re interested in adopting Merrick, please contact the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

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1) Akita

When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.

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2) Boxer

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5) Shar-Pei

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