When a sweet, beautiful dog with Agape Fosters in Iowa had trouble getting adopted, it was for an unusual reason: she loves to smile.
A smiling dog is baring its teeth. Many dogs do it to show submission. It’s never threatening or aggressive. It’s the opposite. But the teeth are showing, leading some uninformed people to think that the dog might be aggressive. So poor Smiley went without any interested families inquiring about adopting her in spite of her wonderful personality.
Lucky Smiley: a writer for the animal website thedodo.com posted her story and her video. It went viral and has had over 3.7 million views. With all that interest, lots of people across the country have offered to adopt Smiley.
The rescue, however, wants to keep Smiley close to Iowa. She has initial anxiety issues, and, like most responsible rescues, this one wants to be sure that if the placement doesn’t work, Smiley is returned to it. Rescues also like to be close in order to offer advice and help if there are problems.
Smiley has had many offers locally as well. The rescue just needs to find the best home for this happy, sweet girl. She will be safe, loved, and appreciated for her happy smiles from now on.
To donate to Agape Fosters, go to its Petfinder page and scroll down to the donate button. It is not necessary to be a PayPal member to donate; they take credit cards. If you are local (Iowa) and seriously interested in adopting Smiley, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While some commenting on the Facebook thread expressed disappointment at the desire for a local adoption, the rescue wrote:
There are thousands of Smileys out there in their own unique way and sure hope people will get out there and adopt! 🐾❤️
Another commenter responded to some of the comments and wisely said:
When posts were made on the Facebook thread offering to adopt, maybe those of you who want to adopt but don’t live in Iowa should consider adopting a different dog from the rescue or a rescue near you. There are plenty of equally sweet precious angels in need of a forever home, and not all of them are lucky enough to have a million+ view video.
Very true sentiments. And maybe because of Smiley’s brief moment of fame, other smiling dogs will also find homes.
(All photos and video provided by Agape Rescue.)