Rescued dog, Eve, ready for her “forever home”

Eve—a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier from Franklin County—has been deemed ready for adoption by her caretakers.

abc27 first reported on Eve after she was found severely malnourished off of Falling Springs Road in February.

When she arrived at Lincoln Way Animal Hospital on February 21, Eve weighed only 25 pounds, half the healthy weight for a dog her size. She was too weak to stand, and her temperature was so low it couldn't register on a thermometer.

According to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Eve now weighs 57 pounds. Her cardiologists recommend having her heart checked every 6 months, but other than that, she has a clean bill of health.

Her caretakers report that she gets along well with other dogs and cats. Because Eve is strong and very playful, her compatibility with children will be decided on a case to case basis.

They also told abc27 that Eve needs an active family.

Jennifer Vanderau, Director of Communications for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, said she wants to make sure Eve's 'forever home' is just that: forever. “I know these stories are heartbreaking and I know they touch a lot of people's hearts, but the person that takes Eve really needs to understand the responsibility involved,” Vanderau said.

“The last thing I want to do is adopt her out to somebody who then in a month or two, the novelty wears off and brings her back. That will gut me for this girl, because this one needs somebody who really is in it for the long haul and who won't give up on her. Someone gave up her already, okay? I don't want somebody to do it again.”

It is important to note that people interested in adopting her cannot visit the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter because she's no longer staying there. She's being housed with a foster family until an adoption goes through.

We are told that the shelter received attention from potential adoptive families from as far away as the state of Georgia.

The shelter wanted to emphasize the fact that there's only one Eve, but there are many dogs like her that need good homes. “She's a very, very special girl. But we also have 30-some dogs at the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter that are in need of a home,” said Vanderau.

“Their stories are not necessarily as tragic as this one, but it's still sad because they have no home, they're living in a kennel. […] There's a whole lot of other dogs out there who do need homes and who do need saved, and maybe Eve can help them do that.”

Anyone interested in adopting Eve, or any other dog at the shelter, can fill out an application at their website:

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