Beach Day Brightens Spirits of Lonely Shelter Dog Still Waiting After 400 Days

Vegas, a charming dog residing at the Carteret County Humane Society and Animal Shelter in North Carolina, got a special treat recently – a trip to the beach! This wasn’t just any trip, though; it was a chance for Vegas to soak up some sunshine and reconnect with the joy of life; all while reminding everyone that he’s still searching for his forever home.

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Brindle – with White


11 years old, Senior


Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg) (when grown)


44 lbs (current)



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He was surrendered over to the shelter by his owner on January 6, 2023 because he was getting nippy. He is 10 years old, current on shots, already neutered, and deserving of a wonderful life to enjoy his “golden years” being a loved and pampered pup in a home. Don’t let his age deceive you…he has a lot of pep in his strep. When he gets excited he gets the zoomies (just like a puppy) and that is when he can get nippy.

The shelter staff, touched by Vegas’ long wait for adoption (over 400 days!), decided to treat him to a special outing. Photos shared on the shelter’s Facebook page show a thrilled Vegas, his paws sinking into the sand as he explores the shoreline. His tail wags with every step, and his eyes sparkle with genuine happiness.

“Vegas loved every single second,” the shelter wrote in their heartwarming post. They even treated him to a delicious hamburger after his beach adventure, ensuring his day was filled with fun and good food.

But amidst the joy, the underlying message remains. Vegas, despite his playful spirit, has been waiting patiently for a family to call his own. The shelter believes his playful behavior, which led to his surrender, is simply his way of expressing his desire to engage and have fun. They encourage potential adopters to look beyond the initial impression and consider the loving dog beneath the surface.

“We are not sure why,” the shelter wrote, “but if you would really ‘look’ at him, you would see nothing but love.” Vegas would do best as the only pet in the house. He doesn’t like cats.

Vegas’ story has touched hearts across the internet, with many sharing the post and expressing their hope that he will finally find his perfect match. If you’re looking for a loyal, playful companion who just needs a chance to shine, consider reaching out to the Carteret County Humane Society and Animal Shelter. Vegas might just be the furry friend you’ve been waiting for.

For more information, please visit at
853 Hibbs Road, Newport, NC 28570
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday*: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

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