Cassie, the dog adopted after 525 days in a Dayton shelter, in the national spotlight

A good news story about a local dog adopted after 525 days in a shelter has garnered national attention.

Cassie, a hound-shepherd mix, lived at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton for nearly a year-and-a-half until the 5-year-old dog found her forever home.

The heartwarming story caught the attention of the  television show “Good Morning America” and was featured Tuesday on the GMA “Hot List” segment with co-anchor Lara Spencer.

In case you missed the story we first told you about last week, the lucky dog found a home when she appeared in a local car dealership television ad.

Jessica Hendrickson of West Carrollton said she had been looking for a dog for awhile when she first came across a profile of Cassie on the Humane Society’s website.

“My heart went out to her because she had been there so long,” Hendrickson said.

Cassie first arrived at the shelter on Aug. 9, 2017, and stayed longer than any dog in recent memory, said Jessica Garringer, marketing and development manager at the Humane Society.

She was adopted a couple times but returned when the adopters found Cassie would be happiest in a home without cats or small children.

“We narrowed it down that she needed to be in a home where the spotlight is on her only,” Garringer said.

While living at the Humane Society, Cassie attended the START program, a partnership with the Dayton Dog Training Club. She learned basic commands and graduated to more advanced dog training. That experience landed her a spot in a commercial for Jeff Schmitt Auto Group — and an opportunity to find a home.

Hendrickson was home studying the Humane Society website, reading about Cassie when she looked up at her television.

“The Jeff Schmitt ad was on right as I was reading her profile,” Hendrickson said. “I fell in love with her. I thought, ‘all right, we need each other.’”

When Hendrickson picked Cassie up at the Humane Society, “the entire staff was in the lobby hugging the dog and shedding tears,” Garringer said. “It was a celebratory day.”

Hendrickson said Cassie is adjusting well and immediately curled up in bed and went to sleep when she arrived at her new home.

“She is so sweet and loving and mellow. She comes up and wants to be petted and have her belly scratched and paws at you if you stop,” Hendrickson said. “She is super affectionate, but also independent. I like that about her.”

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