Mikey, a dog who gained online and social media notoriety as he sat in the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter waiting to be adopted, is finally going home.
The 4 1/2-year-old pooch sat in the shelter for more than a year without ever having any meet-and-greets scheduled with potential adopters, according to an article on Barkpost about Mikey that went viral. It was headlined "Not a Single Person Has Even Asked About This Heartbroken Shelter Dog."
A Facebook page was set up for Mikey, headlined, "Magical Mikey: An Invisible Dog," so-named because potential adopters seemed to pass him by in the shelter. A description read, "Mikey is up for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh, 516-785-5220. He is invisible in a sea of many dogs there."
Those days seem to be behind Mikey, as a post on that same Facebook page today announced that Mikey had found his forever home! The post reads:
"ATTENTION TO ALL OF MIKEY'S FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS! THE NEWS WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IS FINALLY HERE! MIKEY HAS GONE HOME! Yes -- ADOPTED!
"Mikey had two meet-and-greets today with two wonderful and loving families. Besides Mikey going home, his longtime shelter mate, Brenda, also went home with the other family who met Mikey. We would like to thank Mikey's new family and Brenda's new family for never giving up on Mikey!
"MIKEY went home with a lot of goodies today sent by you, his faithful friends. Anything else arriving at the shelter will now be shared with Mikey's furry buddies who are still waiting for their forever homes at the shelter.
"We also wanted to thank the staff at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for helping with these two awesome adoptions and to all of Mikey and Brenda's volunteer buddies who have loved Mikey and Brenda while they waited and waited for their wish to come true!"
The Facebook post thanks those who shared Mikey's story on social media and asks those who are looking for a furry companion to adopt from local shelters.