As the center prepared to close for good Saturday, the 7-year-old dog posed for pictures and gobbled treats out of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's palm.
"He's in a good mood today," Mangano noted.
After the public appearance, Bruno was loaded into a truck bound for Northwind Kennels in Bedford, Westchester County. He'll live there temporarily while the shelter chooses his new owner from hundreds of applicants.
Most of the pets were eventually taken back by their families. About 55 other animals were either adopted or sent to an animal rescue group in California, Rogers said.
Bruno went from sob story to triumph in record time.
When the shelter publicized Bruno's plight, the story went viral. Adoption inquiries quickly poured in, Rogers said.
The shelter, run by the SPCA and local groups Pet Safe Coalition and HUG, now is happily reporting that all of its furry former refugees are doing well.
"We made a commitment that we were staying here until we found a home for everybody," Rogers said.