Senior Dog With ‘Teddy Bear Face’ Doesn’t Know Why He Was Sent Back To Shelter 7 Times

“He kept pretending over and over again…”
Meet Martin — an elderly shelter dog who desperately needed a home after his elderly family abandoned him.

Martin was about 10 years old when he arrived at the Wake County SPCA. His father loved him so much, but he couldn’t take care of Martin anymore.

“His [père] was 89 and reached a point where he couldn’t provide the life he thought Martin deserved,” Samantha Ranlet, marketing communications specialist at the SPCA, told The Dodo. “He wanted a better life for himself.”

Martin’s father brought the elderly pup to the shelter, hoping they could help Martin find a home where he could live out his golden years in comfort.

SPCA of Wake County

“He adjusted pretty well,” Ranlet said. “I don’t know if he understood what was going on, but even from day one he was just this happy, easy-going, really sweet old man with a teddy bear face.”

Due to Martin’s age, however, the task of finding a suitable adopter proved more difficult than expected.

“He kept getting passed over and over again,” Ranlet said. “In two months, seven adoptions failed for various reasons.”

SPCA of Wake County

Martin’s age wasn’t the only factor affecting his adoption, however. He was also heartworm positive, which made potential adopters wary.

So after the failed seventh adoption, the SPCA staff decided to do something different in order to raise awareness of Martin.

“We got to a point where we thought, ‘We need to use the internet to ask our community to help us share it and bring it into a home,'” Ranlet said.

Sure enough, all it took was a Facebook post outlining Martin’s story, along with two photos of his adorable teddy bear face, to give him the exposure he needed.

” [Publier sur Facebook] made all the difference,” Ranlet said. “His post was shared by thousands of people, and all of a sudden people were reaching out to us by phone, email, etc.”

Martin’s post went viral and within 48 hours adoption applications for the senior dog were completely exhausted.

One of the requests came from a couple who had experience with older dogs.

SPCA of Wake County

“They weren’t afraid of his age and they weren’t afraid that he had heartworm disease,” Ranlet said. “They just fell in love with him and his teddy bear energy.”

The couple took Martin home, where he has been for a few weeks. His adoption isn’t finalized yet, as he’s still receiving heartworm treatment at the Wake County SPCA on the weekends, but that will soon be the case.

“As soon as he’s finished his treatment, they’ll make the adoption official,” Ranlet said. “He still has a month or two ahead of him.”

Martin is the only dog ​​in his new family, but he happily shares his space with his younger sister, called Hilltop.

Although they can see him during his regular heartworm visits, Martin is missed by SPCA staff every day. But they’re so excited he’s found the perfect home against all the odds, and hope his story inspires others to adopt older puppies.

“It’s good to give older dogs more attention,” Ranlet said. “It helps remind people that they are also worth adopting.”

To help Martin and other puppies get the care they need, donate to the Wake County SPCA.

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