You have to wonder how “real” all those so-called acts of kindness on social media really are. Just ask Noah, the sorry K-9 who was discovered abandoned in a mud pit near a construction site during a flood in North Carolina.
Thanks to social media, help was mobilized, and Noah was rescued—only to find himself languishing in a shelter without anyone deciding to adopt him, dropped by netizens like a hot potato who then moved onto the next “viral” topic.
Are we being too harsh?
It all started during the floods of 2016, when Noah was spotted in a muddy compound surrounded by wire fencing.
Rainwater had filled the enclosure so that Noah had to stand on top of his dog house just to stay at least partially dry and out of the mud. It was a sorry sight indeed, one that garnered pity from the construction workers, who would visit and feed him from time to time.
“Demo” was practically begging for attention.
They dubbed Noah “Demo” at the time because the house on the property was slated for demolition. He was later renamed “Noah.”
When the second flood hit the area, calls from all around the world flooded the City of Hendersonville, where Noah lived, expressing concern and outrage for poor Noah’s situation. People took to social media and shared his story far and wide and sent hundreds of emails to Chief of Police Herbert Blake.
The next day, Chief Blake oversaw Noah’s rescue, who was delivered into the caring hands of the Blue Ridge Humane Society.
We wanted to give everyone an update on this sweet boy, known as Demo. It's true, he is at our adoption center; safe,…
They cleaned him up and showered him with love and affection, and locals came to visit Noah, who had become somewhat of a “rock star,” as City Councilor Jeff Miller had told The Dodo.
Then, after the floodwaters receded and the hype had died down, Noah remained at the Humane Society shelter. For all the attention and media coverage he had gotten, not one person had chosen to adopt Noah.
The shelter shared a statement on their Facebook page, which read:
We’ve had lots of kind folks inquire about his well-being and send very generous donations for his care, but we still have yet to receive any applications for this sweet Romeo. Even after all he’s been through, Noah is a just gentle mush that ignores the fact that he’s really too big to really fit in most laps.
New update on Noah (previously known as Demo)! Noah had a few visitors this morning and he proved his ability as a lap…
Without a doubt, Noah was better off with a warm place to live and the shelter staff to care for him. Noah has netizens to thank for all of that, and judging by all the pictures with loving shelter staff, he’s thankful. Still, with so many dogs in need, shelter space is limited and for some dogs means the difference between life and death.
For all the caring staff in the world, a shelter will never be a home.
Then, after almost a year of waiting, it finally happened.
Perhaps social media has a heart after all!
The shelter posted an update of Noah’s situation, announcing that he had found a new forever home and a loving human daddy to care for him. They wrote:
Guess who found a new home today? That’s right…NOAH!
After almost a year of waiting, today was the day, and our sweet boy finally found his new family. There were many happy tears all around, as we have all come to adore this sweet guy that has been through so much. Best of luck Noah in your new home; we hope it’s a perfect match and that you will never want for love again! Thank you to the Newman’s for choosing to make Noah part of your family!