Celebrate! A four-year-old pup named Charlize was finally adopted after spending years in animal shelters across Delaware. The dog spent 866 days at the Delaware SPCA after being adopted by Anna and Matthew, according to local station WTFX.

Charlize is a mixed breed. Anna and Matthew had just purchased a home and were looking for a dog to make their home complete.

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“We weren’t aware of how long she had been in the shelter until we met her and honestly couldn’t figure it out,” said Anna. “She was such a sweetie the whole time we were there meeting her! And now, seeing how excited she is to be home and with people loving her makes us so happy!”

Charlize went home with the couple on November 13 and she seems to be settling in already. “I am happy that she seems to trust us already,” Anna said. “It’s like we have known her much longer than we have.”

Charlize was the longest resident at the Delaware SPCA before she was adopted! The shelter shared the news on Facebook.

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