Once the only dog left at the shelter, this dog has finally found his forever home

June 26, 2017 11:12 am Last Updated: June 26, 2017 11:12 am


Two and a half years ago a 7-month old and “very emaciated” pup found his way to Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG). Kelley LaBonty, director of DAWG, told The Dodo the dog went to live with a foster family for a time, but then the foster family’s living arrangements changed and there was no room for the dog.

When the dog, named Bear, arrived back at the shelter, staff believed that a dog with a lovable face like his wouldn’t be without a family for long, but they were wrong—very, very wrong.

Meet Bear. He’s fun, extremely lovable, and wants nothing more in life than to find his furever home.

Posted by Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017


According to LaBonty, he is the perfect dog. He loves adults and children, is described as a “a big snuggle bug,” is potty trained, and is able to perform basic commands. There is just one minor problem: He needs to go to a home without any other pets.

Over the past two and a half years Bears has attended “hundreds of adoption events” and every time, he is overlooked.

In addition to bringing Bear to adoption events, shelter staff also shared his picture on Facebook, hoping to find a family for him through social media.

LaBonty describes a time when Bear was so close to being adopted. A woman drove nearly two hours to the shelter to meet Bear, but when volunteers drove Bear to the family’s house for an official meet and greet, the children of the family did not want Bear.

“He didn’t want to go back into the car to go back home,” LaBonty said.

Posted by Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) on Saturday, April 29, 2017


At the end of April staff at the shelter brought Bear to an empty the shelter event and somehow, but not surprisingly, Bear was one of two dogs left after the event was over.

When Bear arrived back to his kennel at the shelter, LaBonty snapped the saddest photo of Bear yet.

Hi its me Bear. One of the only two dogs not adopted yesterday. I was sad to come back to my kennel I've been in for…

Posted by Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) on Sunday, April 30, 2017

The poor pup could not catch a break.

After the photo went up, dozens of people contacted the shelter about potentially adopting Bear, but they all had a similar ending. “A lot of people said, ‘I’ll take him, I’ll take him, I’ll take him,’ but 99 percent of the people who say it don’t actually mean it,” LaBonty said.

One such example is a woman, who LaBonty said wrote on DAWG’s Facebook inquiring about why Bear still hadn’t been adopted and said she would love to adopt the dog. The woman filled out all the necessary paperwork and the shelter set up a time for her to come and meet Bear and then it happened again. Another disappointment. The woman never showed.

This past weekend DAWG held an adoption event and hoped Bear wouldn’t have to return to his kennel that night.

AWE! The most innocent lady bug around!

Posted by Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) on Sunday, March 19, 2017


After two and a half years, Bear’s wish finally came true, he found his furever home.

Posted by Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) on Saturday, June 24, 2017


In anticipation of Bear finding a home at an adoption event this past weekend, DAWG reached out to its Facebook fans and asked if anyone would be willing to donate to help pay for training services to help Bear’s future family. Luckily for Bear and his family a local trainer volunteered their time to help Bear and his new family adjust to life as a family.

Welcome home, Bear!

Are you interested in donating to help Bear receive training?! As many of you know we are crossing all paws that he will…

Posted by Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) on Friday, June 23, 2017