Pets can find themselves in a shelter for a whole host of different reasons – because they’re too old, too naughty or there just isn’t enough room for them anymore.

This is exactly what happened to Layla – a one year old pit bull. Her family thought she was one pet too many so she was taken to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, a shelter that cares for homeless and neglected dogs.

Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the organisation said: “We read her owner’s surrender notes, which stated she lived with five kids and two other dogs, and that she was surrendered due to too many pets. It’s very sad.”

“She was obviously very uncomfortable in the shelter and not doing very well at all,” O’Sullivan said. “Many dogs get stressed in a shelter situation — they’ve lost everything they know. This dog was very close to the children in the home, so it’s no surprise she was uncomfortable in the shelter.”

When Layla arrived at the shelter, all she had with her was one stuffed toy.

“She carries that stuffy down the street and through the yard — never letting go,” Julie Carner, a dog rescuer, wrote on Facebook. “Today, that stuffy is all she has left.”

“She was self soothing with her little stuffed animal,” O’Sullivan said.

Layla had been placed in a high kill shelter – meaning she needed to be adopted quickly if she was going to get a second chance at life. She needed more than a cuddly toy to help her through.

“She was already on the list a couple of times, so the shelter wasn’t going to give her any more time,” O’Sullivan said.

Thankfully volunteers from Rescue Dogs Rock NYC managed to save Layla before it was too late and she is now living in a foster home.

“She decompressed very quickly,” O’Sullivan said. “She’s out in the yard playing. She’s doing really well, and she’s obviously a great dog, and we expect her to be adopted really soon.”

“So many great dogs get dumped at shelters everyday,” O’Sullivan added. “It’s really heartbreaking. But we’re happy she got a chance, because from everything we’ve seen, she’s a great dog.”

If you want to offer Layla a forever home, you can contact the rescue centre here.