Smiley, a 5-year-old Doberman mix, is not the only one smiling this weekend. That's because Smiley found a new home on Saturday!
I have to hand it to him, Smiley is one PATIENT boy. He originally came to the shelter as a stray three years ago. He was adopted, but then his owners (with whom he lived for two years) moved away and didn't take Smiley with them, so he was back in the kennels without a family or a home.
After a few months another person adopted Smiley. And once again, Smiley was returned: after a month, his owner decided he didn't want a dog anymore. So it was back to square one. Again.
Poor Smiley needed a lucky break, so we nominated him to participate in a national contest called "Bounce's 15 Most Lovable Shelter Pets." Animal lovers around the country fell in love with Smiley, leaving him messages of encouragement and complimenting his million-dollar smile. But still, no takers.
On Saturday, February 28, Smiley's luck turned around: a young couple walked into the shelter and adopted him!
It has been three years since Smiley found his way into the Pennsylvania SPCA as a stray; one year since his first adoptive family moved away without him; and three months since his second adoptive family returned him.
It has been 24 hours since Smiley learned that the third time's a charm. Good luck, Smiley! We are so happy for you!