New York nuns open their doors to give unwanted senior pit bull a new home

A 9-year-old pit bull spent three months in a shelter, constantly being passed over in favor of other breeds and younger dogs. But that all changed one day in 2014.

Sisters Veronica Mendez, Virginia Johnson, and Alice Goldsmith are nuns in their 70s and 80s who live together in Nyack, New York. The dog that they had spent 7 years caring for, Kate, had recently passed away quite suddenly and their grief weighed heavy on their hearts. Over the course of one weekend, she had gone from a healthy housemate to having painful lymphoma symptoms that meant she needed to be put down.

“She was healthy one day and then, all of a sudden, lymphoma?” Sister Veronica told TODAY. “I was furious. I was so angry. I cried! Oh, how we loved that creature.”

After about a week of dealing with the grief, the sisters made a decision: no more sulking. They were going to go out and find a dog in need to care for and made their way to the Hi Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona, New York.

That brought them to Remy.

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For months the sweet pit bull watched potential adopters walk by her kennel, barely giving her a second look.

Pit bulls come with a lot of stigma (undeserved, since a dog’s behavior is dictated mostly by its surroundings and experience). Even worse for Remy, most people don’t want to adopt older dogs, despite the fact that they’re already housetrained and make wonderful, grateful, and calm pets.

“As soon as I saw the sign that said ‘9 years,’ I said, ‘This is the one,’” recalled Sister Veronica. “‘No one is going to want this one.’”

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The nuns specifically wanted a dog that had been overlooked.

Remy was perfect. She was calm and sweet and the minute she got out of her kennel to meet the women, she leaned into Sister Virginia’s chest and sighed.

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“She just got right up there,” said Sister Virginia. “She said, ‘This must be my new family.’”

That sealed the deal.

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“These women showed compassion and took in this elderly dog that has a negative stereotype simply because of her breed,” said Justin Scally, national director of emergency services for the American Humane Association. “It’s just a strong testament that we really need to change our mindset as a society.”

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The women took the dog home and were thrilled when Remy fit right in. A shelter worker who did a follow-up visit was equally pleased that the foursome found each other.

“It just worked out so well,” said West Artope. “We did a follow-up with them and went to the house, and the dog is so comfortable in that environment, you wouldn’t believe it. It was like a match made in heaven.”

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The sisters knew that Remy only had a few years left, but for these women, age was nothing to judge her for.

“Our feelings were that she was in danger of being euthanized, and we wanted to give her the best three of four years she has left,” Sister Veronica said. “Here we are, three senior sisters, so we adopted a senior pet!”

Remy’s life would now be full of cozy places to nap, owners who loved her, and long walks.

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Be sure to scroll down to see the sweet news story and happy ending for everyone involved.

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