At the end of 2018, Ionia County Animal Shelter in Michigan experienced an enormous rush of adoptions. Shortly, almost every dog in their shelter had gone to a good home.
By the middle of January 2019, they just had one only dog left in their shelter: the lonely dog watched as his shelter fur friends, one by one, walked out happily with their new parents. Until he was the only one left in the shelter.
“For quite some time Capone was the only dog we had in the shelter,” Carly Quinn, director of the animal shelter, told The Dodo. “All the kennels were empty, except for sweet, quiet, kind Capone.”
Capone is a seven-year-old Staffordshire Terrier mix who knows what it feels like to be replaced with another pet all too well. Capone was originally adopted shortly after arriving at the shelter in 2017 but was returned a year later after getting in a fight with another dog.
“The Capone we met in 2017 and the Capone wet met in 2018 were two different dogs,” Quinn said. “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.”
Homeless for a second time, Capone was depressed and stopped eating.
“He lost quite a bit of weight as he just did not have the appetite he did in his home,” Quinn noted. “It was very hard to get him to eat. We had to coax him daily with treats and assorted wet foods.”
Everyone was conscious how they had to do their best to find this pup the home he badly needed. This time they wanted to place him in a family where he would be the only pet. They came up with the brilliant idea of sharing Capone’s photo and life story on their Facebook page, their efforts paid off when a couple inquired about Capone.
They arrived at the shelter later that day with a custom name tag already made up for him! But before they had already gone to the pet store and made him a custom name tag with his name and their information.
Quinn shared. “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.”
The loneliest dog at the shelter finally found his people and forever home, and the staff was ecstatic about it. They’d been with him through it all, and everything was finally paying off.
It was a perfect fit and Capone went home to his forever home—and promptly fell asleep on his bed with a big smile on his face.