Lame Dog Left While All The Others Are Adopted, Then Famous Basketball Coach Rescues Him

A poor dog in a shelter remained unadopted until an NBA basketball coach finally adopted him.

When the Humane Society in Harbor Springs, Michigan held the “Empty the Shelters” drive, they hoped that every pet in adoption shelters around the state would be taken home. And after 1,500 pets were adopted and 66 shelters emptied, nearly every dog had a new family.

Except for Eastwood.

The red-coated Labrador retriever remained at a shelter, left alone after a very successful weekend of adoption. The one-year-old hasn’t had all the advantages in his young life, as he still suffers from ailments that should have been dealt with as a puppy.

Eastwood was found wandering in the cold and nearly blind. Rescuers took him to the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society to help get the dog back to full strength, and he’s slowly coming along.

But it was this weekend that animal shelter workers hoped would lead to a permanent home for Eastwood. They didn’t find one but haven’t given up hope.

“Eastwood is the only dog left at the shelter after Empty the Shelters on Saturday, but we know the perfect home is out there somewhere. This amazing boy has a few health issues that need to be addressed (which is why we think he was abandoned initially, poor guy!), but this boy is so sweet, we know it will be well worth it,” wrote the shelter on their Facebook page.

In addition to having poor eyesight, Eastwood was born with a physical deformity that left his hind legs damaged. He’s had to deal with the disability since birth, but the shelter workers say he’s learned to cope and has adapted remarkably well.

Even Eastwood’s heartbreaking shelter biography couldn’t find him a warm home.

“I know I’m a ‘special needs’ kind of guy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a forever home. Please say you are one of those ‘special needs’ kind of people that loves to help unfortunates like me, I’ll give you my whole heart unconditionally. I’m that type of guy,” reads his bio.

But once the shelter posted about Eastwood’s tough-luck weekend, they were flooded with adoption requests — so many that they had to shut down the application process due to the amount they received.

Shelter workers quickly began the selection process, and after careful deliberation, they found a suitable home.

“Eastwood has been ADOPTED!! After careful thought and consideration, we are thrilled to announce that Eastwood now has a forever home,” wrote the shelter on Facebook. “This was a VERY difficult decision… We are all extremely touched by your incredible love and support for this boy — he is one lucky pup!”
“For everyone who was hoping to adopt Eastwood, please consider opening your heart and home to one of the many homeless dogs who enter our shelter system every year — there are so many in need of wonderful, forever homes!”

After long last, the “Empty the Shelters” drive can be dubbed a unanimous success, now that Eastwood finally has a home.

In fact, Eastwood was adopted by Stan Van Gundy, the famous NBA basketball coach of the Detroit Pistons. We are sure Stan and his family will love Eastwood and we are so happy Eastwood has found a forever home.

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Sean Maddox

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