Animal Shelter Celebrates After Finding Longest Resident A Forever Home

After 260 long days, the longest-standing resident at a Tennessee animal shelter finally found his forever home.

The dog, Big Mac, arrived at the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, TN, back in December of 2020. According to The Dodo, his owner was moving and stated they “didn’t have time for him.” So, he ended up at the shelter.

While staff aren’t sure what his home life looked like prior to being taken into the shelter, they noted that he was quite nervous and didn’t take well to new people.

Photo: Pixabay/Lene Larsen

The advancement manager at the shelter, Lauren Mann, explained in an interview with The Dodo, “We’re not really sure what his living environment was like prior to coming to us, but it was very apparent that he didn’t trust everyone right away.”

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Of course, the shelter workers weren’t about to give up on the pup just because he was nervous. They patiently worked with Big Mac and slowly began to gain his trust. Mann said that he slowly started to come around when he was offered treats and when he was out of the kennel.

After weeks of living in the shelter, Big Mac was deemed the longest-standing shelter resident at McKamey Animal Center.

Big Mac – 1 year old and 63 lbs. He's a big softy at heart and shy around new people at first. He loves to play with other polite dogs too!

Posted by McKamey Animal Center on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Knowing how Big Mac did so much better outside of the kennel, one of the shelter’s volunteers offered to foster the dog until they could find a forever home for him.

It seemed that’s exactly what he needed to thrive. The dog, who was previously anxious and nervous living in the kennel, began to thrive and really open to people. Mann said, “[He] really made a 180 and was a great dog overall.”

Big Mac’s foster mom happened to have a dog and some cats before bringing Big Mac home, and he really got along great with the other animals. In fact, the dog fit into the family so well that his foster mom realized she didn’t want to lose him.

Photo: Facebook/McKamey Animal Center

In a foster-fail situation, the volunteer foster mom ended up adopting Big Mac and giving him the loving home he deserved.

The animal center ended up sharing footage of the dog leaving the McKamey Animal Center for good – 260 days after arriving.

Staff at the shelter gave the pup a standing ovation as he walked out of the doors and into his new life.

Watch the video below:

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