XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – After spending 2,381 days in the Humane Society of Preble County, a German Shepherd mix has finally found his forever home. 

Higgins captured hearts across the Miami Valley after spending nearly seven years at the no-kill shelter.

That is until this week, when his new owner, Brendon Reed, took him to his new home in Xenia.

Reed said Higgins was born at the shelter, but was adopted at a young age.

One day in September of 2012, he ran back to the shelter, but nobody came looking, then days became weeks, then months, then years.

Now, the eight-year-old dog has discovered his puppy energy and is loving his new backyard.

“For six years, he was locked up in the kennel, but now he gets his own place, he gets to relax, it’s just what he deserves honestly,” said Reed.

Reed said it took just a little while for Higgins to warm up, but he was prepared for that, as he has a soft spot for hard-to-adopt dogs.

“I work for a felony re-entry organization, and we’re all about giving guys a second chance who haven’t gotten that from normal society,” said Reed. “And Higgins, I don’t know how he hadn’t been adopted yet, because he’s such a sweet dog. But I just wanted to give him a second chance because he’s been there for so long.”

Reed said he knew it was a match made in dog heaven when he met Higgins, because for generations, his family has had love for the Humane Society of Preble County and their long-time residents.

“My grandpa used to volunteer there, just play with the little dogs and everything,” said Reed. “And my mom and dad went there and they adopted two dogs from there. I think they both had been there two or three years.”

The Humane Society of Preble County told 2 NEWS they have received some donations from people who have been touched by Higgins’ story and their no-kill mission, that every dog deserves a loving home, no matter how long it takes.

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