The Smiling Shelter Dog Who Stole The Internet Has Been Adopted

In mid-October, the director of a Texas animal shelter introduced Facebook followers to a ridiculously cute dog with an endearing smile. The dog, named Cheech, was being cared for at the City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue in Texas, and director Leah Sipe just had to show him off to everyone. Sipe posted photos and wrote, “Y’all… this smiling dog we got in at the shelter yesterday is ridiculous! #ICantEven.”

It wasn’t just Sipe who was taken by Cheech’s sweet smile – in fact, shortly after the photos were posted, the pup with the captivating smile had stolen the heart of people from across the nation. Cheech’s newfound celebrity status resulted in a deluge of adoption applications.

On October 23, the shelter let everyone know that Cheech’s fur-ever home had been found:

UPDATE: Cheech has been ADOPTED

I reviewed the applications for Cheech, and one story stood out the most. Carrie reached out to the shelter volunteers and shared her heartbreaking loss with us, she lost her beloved Shepherd to cancer on Friday- since then her other dog (Dusty) pictured here, has been severely depressed and had not eaten in days.


Carrie and Dusty visited Cheech today, and Cheech wanted nothing but to cuddle with her and Dusty. Congratulations on finding your forever home Cheech, we are very happy that you’re going to the perfect home. Cheech needs this family as much as they need him 😍 Nothing but smiles here today y’all!

The shelter reminded all of the Cheech hopefuls that many other homeless pets are still waiting for their own happily-ever-after, just like this adorable smiling dog.

Find the City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue on Facebook at this link. brings you stories, videos and news about animals – please subscribe here.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at 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 comment

  1. Elaine Whinston says:

    This is adorable! Congrats to Chechen and his new family!

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