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Greater Good: LA Shelter's Oldest Resident Gets Kennel Makeover

Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center was surprised with $10,000 dollars on Tuesday morning, and a kennel-makeover for it's longest dog resident.

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    Lili Who's Lived at a Shelter for 6 Years Needs a Home

    Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center workers were overwhelmed by a $10,000 donation. Because of Lili, a dog who has lived at the shelter for six years and has an armchair in her kennel, the shelter was put on the map. Help Clear the Shelters Saturday, Aug. 17, and take Lily home. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019)

    Lili is the longest resident dog at Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center in Santa Paula, California. The tummy-rub-loving white bulldog mix has been waiting for her fur-ever home for 6 years. 

    While the emotional toll of animals waiting to be adopted is great, the financial toll on shelters housing these pets is undeniable. 

    SPARC was surprised Tuesday with a $10,000 grant from, an animal welfare organization, and iHeartDogs to acknowledge the shelters long-term commitment to animals like Lili. 

    In addition to the cash grant, the shelter also received beds, treats, and toys - everything needed to nourish a pet's mind, body, and bowl. 

    The surprise also includes a little extra love for Lili, who's kennel was given a special surprise makeover. 

    Of course, everyone involved hopes Lili doesn't get a chance to enjoy her new crib for too long; ultimately the rescue wants the loving pup to get a second chance with a family who wants to adopt her. also surprised a shelter in New York with a $10,000 grant and swag in an effort to bring attention to its longest dog resident, a 5-year-old Staffordshire Terrier named Dr. Crosby, who has been living there for 3 years. 

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    If you're interested in adopting Lili contact the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center. To adopt Dr. Crosby contact the SPCA of Westchester.  

    NBC and Telemundo stations' fifth annual Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign takes place Saturday Aug. 17. 

    More than 103,000 pets were adopted through the 2018 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.