Last dog left in shelter finally gets adopted, smiles when he realizes he’s home

Some shelter dogs must wait an extended period of time before finding their forever home.It can be heartbreaking for them to see all the other animals go home to families while they are repeatedly passed over.Assume you are the very last animal in the shelter.

That was the case for one dog, who was abandoned and nearly lost hope…
until he attained his own happy ending.Capone, a Staffordshire terrier mix, had been at the Ionia County Animal Shelter in Michigan for years.”We didn’t expect it to take this long to find someone who would open their hearts to him,” said Sammie Vincent, a shelter volunteer, to FOX 17.

“He lost quite a bit of weight because he just didn’t have the appetite he had at home,” Carly Quinn, the shelter’s director, told The Dodo.”It was difficult to get him to eat.We had to entice him with treats and various wet foods on a daily basis.”

“He was devastated.”Capone’s luck did not improve after he returned to the shelter.People ignored him, while others expressed interest but never showed up.It got to the point where Capone was the only animal left without a home, which was heartbreaking.”Everything was empty except for sweet, quiet, kind Capone,” Carly recalled.

Capone was 7 years old in early 2019 and still had no takers.The shelter, however, did not give up and increased their efforts to find him a home.They shared the dog’s heartbreaking story on Facebook in the hopes that someone would open their hearts and adopt him.Surprisingly, the post was seen by the right people.

Ashlee Long and her husband John saw Capone and fell in love right away: “I just like fell in love with his face right then,” Ashlee told FOX 17.”I had no idea he was the only dog left.”They met at the shelter and hit it off right away—clearly Capone was ready to go home after all this time:”He just came up to us,” Ashlee explained.”We both just kinda knelt down with our hands out for him, and he just came right up to us and started snuggling, wagging his tail, and we just knew we had to take him,” says the owner.

They took Capone home, and the dog gave a big, warm smile, knowing he finally had his forever family:

Capone’s friends at the shelter knew it was fate, and they cried tears of joy as they watched their final dog leave the shelter.”It was truly moving,” Carly told The Dodo.What a lovely sight!We know Capone will be happy in his new forever home after a long wait.Never lose hope!