Chester, a Pit Bull that spent over five years at a New York shelter, finally found his forever home thanks to social media and the creative thinking of one shelter worker.
According to Metro UK, the 6-year-old pooch spent nearly his entire life at the North Fork Animal Welfare League in Long Island. Year after year, Chester saw other dogs leave the facility with new families, but he remained, hoping for a home.
Shelter manager Gabby Stroup decided to take to Facebook with a special plea in hopes of finding Chester the family he deserved. She snapped a photo of the light-brown Pit Bull with a sign that read, “Why doesn’t anyone want me? I’ve been waiting 5 years. Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me?”
The picture features Chester’s best puppy-dog eyes and tugged on the heartstrings of animal lovers all over the country.
The picture was shared over 20,000 times and the shelter received inquiries from far-away states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan and Oregon.
Chester’s touching note finished with: “I promise to be good and love my new family. Please maybe you are new family. I sit and wait for you to come.”
Luckily for this Pit Bull, the plea worked. Within two days, Chester had found a family of his own. Dana and Adi Or and their two boys Aidan and Brandon came into the shelter to meet Chester and immediately clicked with the dog. Adi said that as soon as the family met him, they knew they were taking him home. “We saw him and we felt connected. It was meant to be,” he told reporters.
Now Chester is spending his days snuggling with his new dad, lounging on his brother’s bed and meeting a big extended family that is showering him with lots of love. While it may have taken five years, we’re happy that Chester finally has the incredible family that he deserves.
Images: The North Fork Animal Welfare League via Facebook
Deidre Grieves is a content strategist and digital producer. Wiener dogs are her life.