Staff at the Ionia County Animal Shelter are celebrating after its last rescue dog was finally adopted.
By, 6 Feb 2019
The last pup to find a new home was Capone, a 7-year-old Staffordshire terrier. Capone was first adopted back in 2017. However, after a fight with another dog, he was returned to the shelter.
Staff noticed a big change in Capone
Carly Quinin is the director of the shelter. She told the Dodo: "The Capone we met in 2017 and the Capone we met in 2018 were two different dogs. After he was surrendered the second time, it seemed like he picked and chose his friends as if he truly felt betrayed. He became very attached to us shelter staff...He was heartbroken."
Things got worse for Capone. One by one, he watched the other dogs leave with their new families. Then, finally, Capone was the only dog left.
“For quite some time Capone was the only dog we had in the shelter," said Carly. “All the kennels were empty."
Staff were constantly posting his story on social media in the hope they could connect him to the right people.
Luckily for Capone, the posts were spotted by Jon and Ashlee, a pair of local dog lovers looking for a new addition to the family. They fell in love with Capone's story, but, given his history of being rejected, staff were concerned over whether Capone would take to these new people.
“My staff and myself were crossing our fingers that Capone would like them,” Quinn said. “As I walked into the lobby with Capone, he stopped and looked at Jon and Ashlee for a while. They both knelt down and Capone ran right into their arms...It was a real tearjerker.”
Capone has now settled in with his new family, proving that even the saddest stories can have a happy ending!