Special Needs Dog Gets Happy Ending After Shelter Event

Eastwood the dog has been waiting to be adopted into someone’s home for over four months.

The animal shelter, located in Harbor Spring, Michigan, recently held a ‘clear the shelter’ event in the hopes of getting all the dogs in their care adopted into loving homes. The event was incredibly successful, as the shelter adopted every single dog but one: Eastwood.

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A seventy-pound red-coated Labrador retriever mix, Eastwood had a sad past. He was found abandoned by the side of the road in the cold months of winter and appeared to have a deformity on his leg. Though the veterinarians who examined him said he was a special needs dog, the shelter knew he would make a wonderful family pet. Specialists believe Eastwood was born with this deformity and though he doesn’t need surgery immediately, he may need to go under the knife sometime in the near future.

This means a big expense for a family who might adopt the dog, as surgery is estimated to cost $4,000. Shelter personnel made any potential adoptive families aware of this and it seems many chose another dog instead, leaving sweet Eastwood on his own after the successful “clear the shelter” event.

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After the shelter found homes for 49 animals, they knew it was time to push for a new home for Eastwood, too. So, they did what any modern day shelter employee would: they posted his story on Facebook. This heartfelt plea said that Eastwood was lonely after his friends had been adopted and though he had health issues, he was a sweet dog and would make a perfect pet.

The post worked: nearly 1,800 people shared the post to Facebook and applications to adopt Eastwood came pouring in, 80 in total. Shelter staff were thrilled, but had an important task at hand: finding the perfect family for Eastwood. After going through the stack of applications, they found the perfect home for him in Stan Van Gundy, coach of the Detroit Pistons, and his family.

What a great ending for Eastwood!

 

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