Dawson, a three-year-old terrier/pit bull mix; has been sitting in a shelter in Wantagh, New York, for more than 600 days.

Day after day he has watched families visit the shelter and leave with other dogs, but never him.

Volunteers from the Hempstead Animal Shelter made a Facebook page called “Dawson Needs a Family,” to help spread the word and hopefully find this sweet dog a forever family.

“He is a really sweet soul who is very affectionate … he loves to just put his head on your lap,” says a post on the Facebook page. “Yet, Dawson has spent well over a YEAR stuck in the shelter; waiting for someone to come and take him home. Please continue to share so his family can find him.”

Over 2,000 people have since shared the post; but the playful pup with a heart of gold is still waiting for a home. He is very friendly but would do best with kids 17 and older.

He also has the potential to live with other dogs, but not cats.