It’s hard to understand why someone wouldn’t want a dog like Bear, especially as a dog lover. Bear is the hero of this story, and his journey has been difficult. For some reason, Bear has been unable to find a forever home.
Bear was rescued by the Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG), and they were confused that Bear kept getting passed over. He is sweet and gentle. He seemed to be an ideal family member. But for some reason, no one would adopt him. Bear was found in Flint, Michigan and had been living in the shelter for 3 Years.
“He was about 7 months old and very emaciated,” Kelley LaBonty, director of DAWG, said. “He stayed in foster care for a while, but then the foster had a family who moved in and they couldn’t keep him anymore.”
LaBonty was saddened by the number of families that began the adoption process but backed out at the last minute. She couldn’t understand it. Bear was a dream dog.
Being in a shelter isn’t fun for dogs. They are generally kept in a kennel, without an ideal bed. They don’t get the love of a family.
Dogs usually get depressed in situations like this, just like a human would. The time in the shelter was wearing Bear down. He was seeing dogs come and go.
LaBonty took to social media to help Bear. The post went viral.
“It went viral because it was a very sad picture,” she said. “He is depressed in the kennel, as most dogs get, especially after two years of being in a kennel […] Mostly he just lays on his bed with his head down.”
Once the post started making the rounds, the workers at the shelter were hoping Bear would be adopted. His only requirement was that he needed to be the only animal in the house.
After circulating the internet, the post made it’s way to a couple who fell in love with Bear. In June he was finally able to go home. And stay there. The couple promises to spoil him.
“The moment we have all been waiting for. It looks like Bear has left the dawghous after 2.5 long years in a kennel. He has a huge yard to run and will be spoiled by his new mom and dad. He even has a trainer lined up who is donating his services to help Bear and his family adjust. Tears from all who have loved and cared for Bear all this time. Thank you for giving him the chance he needs.”
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