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Senior Girl Seeks Single-Pet Home

Cynthia, the beautiful American Pit Bull mix pictured here, has a rare distinction at North Shore Animal League America: She is the only dog currently in our care who is a Hurricane Katrina survivor.

When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Animal League America took on the most massive rescue effort in our history at the time, making 36 road trips and conducting two unprecedented airlifts, rescuing more than 2,000 dogs and cats from the impact areas.

Cynthia, who was pregnant at the time, was among the animals found wandering the streets in grave danger. We brought her back to the safety of our no-kill headquarters in Port Washington, NY, and cared for her and her litter until we found loving homes for each of them.

In the eight years since that tragic storm, Cynthia has lived with adopters, but housing issues and other unfortunate circumstances resulted in her return to us. We are determined to find this true survivor a home where she can live out the rest of her days being loved and treasured.

Cynthia, whom we estimate to be about 10 years old, is an incredibly loyal and playful dog who likes nothing better than to bask in the sun and partake in regular games of catch. She is very friendly with people, and once she gets to know you she is incredibly sweet. But Cynthia has a high level of aggression to other animals, and therefore cannot be in a home with any other dogs or cats.

Because Cynthia is a strong dog who is aggressive with other animals, we recommend that she be adopted by someone who has experience handling similar dogs. She would also do best in a home without children (unless they are 16 or older).

Cynthia is a very healthy dog, but as befits her age, she has some issues with her joints. She is on a natural supplement called Cosemine, which we will provide. She will also receive free grooming, free behavioral consultations and free routine medical care for her lifetime.

“Cynthia will be a very loyal companion,” says Mike Malloy, Manager of Support Services at Animal League America. “She loves to be petted and is very affectionate, but she needs to be with someone who will take the time to bond with her and become the leader. She will reward her adopter with lots of love.”

To find out more about Cynthia, please contact Mike Malloy at, or call (516) 883-7900, ext. 835.