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Pit bull Mac needs luck of the Irish finding a home out of high kill shelter

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On Christmas Eve, Mac, a young two-and-a-half-year-old pit bull mix was brought to the high kill New York City Animal Care and Control. Sadly, he faces a tragic fate unless an approved rescue organization is able to step up and be his New Year's miracle.

With soulful eyes and a deep in thought expression, Mac is nervous and scared although he did allow a volunteer to muzzle and pet him. He is calm and quiet, friendly and affectionate, and walks respectfully on a leash. Mac often offers a paw of friendship, hoping to become someone's favorite four-legged companion.

Mac is quite discerning when it comes to choosing his canine friends; one female dog walked by and Mac wagged his tail, but another male dog elicited a bark.

Part of his evaluation at the shelter revealed the following:

"Mac was a bit shy and nervous during the handling items, but opened up quickly. He followed the assessor submissively during the tag item, but approached the assessor in a friendly manner after play. Mac growled and bit the assessor's hand during the food bowl test. He showed no interest in the toys, but did stiffen and growl during the rawhide item. Mac approached the helper dog calmly with his tail low and wagging during the dog to dog item."

A volunteer who fell in love with this gorgeous dog writes:

"Mac's world changed forever when his owner died but he's making the best of things at the Care Center and extends a paw of friendship to every new person he meets. His former master obviously taught him to mind his manners and he walks well on leash and is generally very easy to handle. Discerning gentleman as he is, Mac may be a bit selective when choosing his doggie friends as he softly wagged his tail for a female dog who stopped to check him out yet barked at another male who walked by. He'll sit on command when it's time for treats and takes them ever so gently from my hand, no grabbing or mouthing for this well-behaved boy. Mac is still missing his late owner but there's a spark of hope in his heart and each day his spirits rally just a little more. He's searching for a loving new family and a quiet place to call home."

Follow Mac's Facebook thread by clicking here and help other animal advocates find this dog a qualified foster or rescue organization. His story has been shared 1,800 times, yet no one has been able to find a match for this boy. Please refer to Mac's intake reference as A0988073 when inquiring about his status.

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