Zeus the pit bull finds home after two years at San Mateo County SPCA 

Claire Karoly Ard and Criss Ard, center, recently adopted the pit bull Zeus after he spent more than two years in the care of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. - COURTESY PENINSULA HUMANE SOCIETY & SPCA
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  • Claire Karoly Ard and Criss Ard, center, recently adopted the pit bull Zeus after he spent more than two years in the care of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.

A dog sheltered at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA for more than two years went home with a Hayward couple Sunday, the organization’s officials have announced.

Claire Karoly Ard and Criss Ard took home a pit bull named Zeus after looking for a dog to adopt for more than a year. The Ard’s have a resident cat and wanted to be sure the dog they adopted would be a good match, according to humane society officials.

The humane society recently learned that Zeus was good with cats.

“We’ve already had several adventures and he’s settling into our home nicely,” Claire said.

“Zeus is the perfect older gentleman dog,” she said.

Zeus waited longer than any other dog to be adopted since the PHS & SPCA opened the Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion in 2011, according to society officials. On average, dogs were getting adopted from the PHS & SPCA three weeks after being made available for adoption.

Zeus came into the care of the society in September 2012. His age and breed contributed to his long wait, society officials said.

Zeus’s previous owner surrendered him to the humane society because of a personal crisis and that person had provided good care for him, according to the society.

“I’m sure he’s grateful to finally be home, but really, in just a couple of days, he’s given us so much joy, love and snuggles that we’re the ones who are grateful,” Claire said.

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