Nuns Adopt 9-Year-Old Pit Bull That No One Else Wanted

Three nuns from Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine in New York recently gave an elderly pit bull the gift of a lifetime. The sisters came to Nyack’s Hi Tor Animal Care Center with the intent of adopting a dog that no one else would be interested in adopting.

This sense of compassion is second nature to the sisters, having taken vows to show charity and concern for others in the direst of situations. The shelter staff introduced the nuns to Remy, a 9-year-old pitbull. Remy had been at the shelter for about five months and was in danger of being euthanized.

The sisters, who are all in their 70s, quickly developed a bond with Remy. Sister Virginia, in particular, took a special shine to Remy, noting how sensitive the dog was around them and feeling that they should give the elderly pup a chance.

West Artope, the director of Hi Tor Animal Care Center, told the Huffington Post that he was amazed that the nuns wanted a pit bull, remarking that there are many widespread misconceptions about the breed.

"I said, 'Virginia, we want this one because nobody else is going to want her," said Virginia.

Since adopting Remy, the sisters have made national headlines. In an interview with TODAY, Sister Veronica told of how well Remy has gotten along at their convent. When asked about why they chose to adopt Remy, Sister Veronica said that they saw how old the sweet dog is and wanted to give her the happiest final years of her life.

Sister Veronica also shared a sad story about their previous dog, Kate. At only 7-years old, Kate was diagnosed with lymphoma and had to be put to sleep. Sister Veronica told of how heartbroken her fellow sisters were at the loss of Kate, saying that one minute she was completely healthy and the next she was gone.

Staff at Hi Tor were so touched by the nun’s compassion in adopting a dog that no one wanted that they covered Remy’s adoption fees. Pauline Jarney, a volunteer at the shelter, says that Remy’s sweet disposition is proof that the public has to change its perceptions on pit bulls and stop stereotyping the breed.

Remy now leads a happy life at the convent, adored and cherished by the sisters who saved her from death.

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