Outpouring Of Love For One Dog Remaining At Shelter After Adoption Event

When word got out on Monday that a Labrador Retriever named “Eastwood” was the only dog who wasn’t adopted from a Michigan animal shelter following the 2017 “Empty The Shelters” event last weekend, the response was swift and strong.

The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society made a Facebook post about Eastwood being the sole dog remaining following the adoption event, and though the dog has a few known medical issues (reported to be “some leg deformities”), potential adopters who learned that he was waiting for a home clamored to be chosen as Eastwood’s new owner.

The initial post which led to the outpouring of love read:

Poor Eastwood is so lonely now that all of his pals have been adopted! Eastwood is the only dog left at the shelter after Empty the Shelters on Saturday, but we know the perfect home is out there somewhere. This amazing boy has a few health issues that need to be addressed (which is why we think he was abandoned initially, poor guy!), but this boy is so sweet, we know it will be well worth it. He’s only a year old and as nice as they come. Did we mention he’s great with other dogs, cats AND kids?? Please “like” and share this post, so Eastwood can have the happily ever after that he so deserves!

In short order, the shelter advised Facebook followers that they were inundated with adoption applications for Eastwood. The shelter wrote, “We are no longer accepting adoption applications for Eastwood due to the sheer number that we’ve received already. We are determined to find the right fit for this special boy, and we will contact you if we feel your family would be the right match for him. We are touched by the wave of love and support for this sweet dog-thank you!”

And then, the post that everyone cheering for Eastwood was waiting for was made on Tuesday afternoon:

Eastwood has been ADOPTED!! After careful thought and consideration, we are thrilled to announce that Eastwood now has a forever home! This was a VERY difficult decision. We reviewed over 80 adoption applications today, and while there were countless families who would have given Eastwood an amazing home, one stood out above the rest. We are all extremely touched by your incredible love and support for this boy-he is one lucky pup! For everyone who was hoping to adopt Eastwood, please consider opening your heart and home to one of the many homeless dogs who enter our shelter system every year-there are so many in need of wonderful, forever homes!

Enjoy your happy new life Eastwood!

Find the animal shelter on Facebook here.

Website for the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society here.

(Images via Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Facebook page)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. jerry says:

    That is certainly GREAT news for EASTWOOD. May you have many great years of happiness and love with your new family….

  2. Helen Osbahr says:

    I started reading about Eastwood and started to cry until I read on., thank God for great animal lovers., it made my night., I rescued 4 And if I was younger and had a big yard I have more., beautiful end to the story., thank you for all you do to help these sweet 🐶

  3. Laurrette Lasalle says:

    Awesome news I am so happy for the pooch good luck on your new home.I hope you get lots of love.

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