A pair of inseparable dogs were adopted last week from the Burbank Animal Shelter only to be returned three days later, prompting reminders from shelter staffers that especially when it comes to pets, patience is a virtue.
Molly, a 12-year-old fox terrier, landed at the shelter with Pica, a two-year old Chihuahua-beagle mix. Their former owner gave them to the shelter months ago before entering the hospital.
The pair has lived at the shelter for seven months, but they're not alone. A 17-month old pit bull named Dodger Girl was returned to the shelter the day after she was adopted four months ago. She had originally come to the shelter as a stray.
Although the shelter's staff is eager to find all three animals permanent homes, their long stay may make for a longer adjustment period for their new owners.
“They're going to take at least 30 days to adjust to a home life,” said Animal Control Officer Stacie Wood. “People — they don't give it enough time.”