At the end of 2018, Ionia County Animal Shelter in Michigan experienced a huge rush of adoptions. Soon, almost every dog in their shelter had gone to a good home. Until January 2019, they just had one dog left in their shelter: a poor seven-year-old Staffordshire Terrier mix, 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. After he returned to the Ionia County Animal Shelter, this poor creature was completely changed and didn’t resemble the happy dog he once was. Above all, he was the last dog at the shelter and looking at him being all alone was a sad sight.
Capone was brought back to the shelter and was all sad and depressed. The staff remembered how he used to run around and wagged his tail whenever he would see a person or a furry friend. But now he had lost the spark in his eyes and wasn’t willing to interact with anyone. He even stopped eating, which made the shelter employees very concerned for his health.
The poor boy wondered whether his new family would love him the way he was ready to love them. He had a lot to give to humans who would take good care of him and give him a home.
This beautiful dog eventually became too attached to the shelter staff and wouldn’t let go of them. He was probably afraid that they might abandon him as well if he wasn’t around them all the time. They even gave him the name a “velcro dog.”
Everyone was aware how they had to do their best to find this pup the home he desperately 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, which resulted in many potential adopters who were eager to meet this sweet dog.
However, this particular couple fell in love with Capone instantly and they really wanted to have him. After the staff arranged a meeting, Joe and Ashlee got to the shelter and were ready to impress Capone by giving him a personalized tag with his name written on it.
The staff was a bit nervous because they knew how Capone was not trusting humans, but once he saw this couple he immediately ran towards them. It was definitely love at first sight.
That was one happy moment and a beginning to a new and everlasting friendship between these two people and lovely Capone. Jon and Ashlee brought Capone home that day, and the pup quickly settled into his new house. The couple shared a photo of Capone napping with the animal shelter. The dog had the biggest smile on his face. . His new parents snapped a photo of him smiling and it has to be the best photo you’ll see today.
“Look at that smile,” shelter volunteer Sammie Vincent said on Facebook. “Us shelter staff actually cried tears of joy for Capone.”
Capone sat in the shelter on his own for weeks, but it was all worth it—he now has the perfect forever home!
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