Hurley, Noblesville, IN

Hi there! My name is Hurley, but the ladies like to call me Woo-Woo because I “woo” them with my sweet kisses. 🙂

I was brought to the Humane Society for Hamilton County shelter as a stray in August 2009 and I’ve been here ever since. I had a brief stint in an adoptive home but it was not a good match for me. The shelter has been a wonderful second home but I desperately want to find my forever home.

I’m a 5-year-old American Pit Bull mix and I have the biggest heart you’ll ever know. I even have a heart-shaped nose.

And I love to play! (Who doesn’t?!) My favorite toy is a Frisbee; I could play with one all day long! I love tossing a toy into the air and catching it! Oh, I’m also skilled at wrapping presents — sometimes I get carried away and will festoon myself. Hehe!

I am curious about the goings on of the shelter and I’d offer suggestions to make it even better, like Movie Night with pop corn and dog biscuits, Doggy Massage Day and, my favorite, Kennel Décor on a Budget. 🙂

After being here for sooo long, my self-confidence had been pretty low. When I first arrived I tried my hardest to show the public what a handsome boy I am and my many skills, but they just kept walking right by my kennel.

No matter how I posed or what face I showed them, no one wanted me…

My shelter moms told me it was just because people are scared of my breed and they don’t know what they are missing, but it becomes hard to believe after so long. The constant rejection broke my confidence and it has taken a long time to recover. Life for a homeless animal is hard enough without doubting one’s value.

My shelter wants to be sure that I go to just the right family. That’s why it’s important that I’m adopted by experienced dog owners who know how to deal with a strong-willed dog.

I was recently given temperament tests again and I was very successful! Here are the notes from the testers:

  • I was friendly and sociable with the testers, I cooperated well with being hugged and having my feet, ears, tail touched
  • I love to play but I still can be a bit mouthy and jumpy when excited
  • I am still a master at the toy flip & catch move and I will release my toys now when told to “drop it”
  • I am such a polite dog when it comes to my food bowl! The testers could move the bowl or pick it up by hand!
  • I am, however, nervous around children. Maybe it’s the noises they make, maybe it’s the eye-to-eye thing….but I need to be in a home and live a life surrounded by adults only
  • I can also be selective about the other dogs I want to share my time with. I prefer the ladies….dominant males, small dogs and cats aren’t my cup of tea
  • You do need to be at least 21 years old to adopt me and a home owner

My shelter moms know there is the perfect family for me out there — they just have to meet me. That”s why they created a Facebook page for me, Handsome Hurley, so you can get to know me better and fall in love.

If you’d like to meet me, please contact the shelter at 317-773-4974 or

I”ve been here for so long. Please don’t make me live at the shelter for another year!

Thank you for reading my story.


p.s. If you’re in the neighborhood, make sure you drop by to see me. If I am not the right fit for you, you can meet the other hundreds of dogs and cats waiting for homes. We’re all waiting to meet you.

Editor’s Note: We’re happy to announce that Hurley has been adopted!! 🙂