STAFFORD, Va. (7News) — A Stafford County dog from the animal shelter has been rescued after a desperate plea posted online went viral.
The Stafford County Animal Shelter says that Sky, a 3-year-old dog, had been there for months without any interest or inquiries.
They posted to Facebook Monday afternoon announcing they were desperate to get one of their longest residents a chance at a better life.
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“The phone has been ringing off the hook all morning, a ton of messages and so many we can’t even get back to them,” said Joe Bice, the captain of the Stafford County Animal Shelter.
It was just a few hours from the post until Sky found her forever home.
Sky had been patiently waiting at the shelter since November.
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“She wasn’t a perfect dog in that she can't be around other dogs so she is easily overlooked,” Bice said.
So, they posted to Facebook saying no one had sent an email or called about her, and no one has asked to visit with her.
7News' First Alert Weather Meteorologist Steve Rudin saw the post and gave Sky a shoutout on air Monday afternoon.
The post received tens of thousands of reactions. Tuesday morning, as the shelter opened, a family from Newport News was waiting to adopt her.
“We wanted to get information and see if she was still here this morning,” Donna Crowder said. “It’s weird having a dog because I have never had a dog."
Donna says her son, Joseph, who is autistic, got along well with Sky.
“We have been in the market for a dog and when they said she was good with kids, I said, 'ok, I will make the drive,” Crowder said.
Bice said they are still in need of more adoptions as they prepare for a spring influx.
“Right now we are full on our adoptable hallway for dogs and cats, so if you are looking for a companion, we have a lot of good pets,” Bice said.