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Shelter Throws Party For Dog Who Finds New Home After 1,129 Days



Quick Smiles:

  • Kane’s heartwarming departure from the shelter came complete with gifts, cake, and touching signs celebrating his new journey.
  • “I couldn’t have handpicked a better couple to take him,” shared the shelter’s Executive Director about Smith and McFadden.
  • In his new home, Kane is showcasing his joy, with Smith noting, “He just seems to be living his best life.”

After waiting for a staggering 1,129 days, the day finally arrived for Kane, an American Pit Bull Terrier mix.

This adorable dog, who had been patiently waiting at the Humane Society for Boone County in Indiana, found his forever home, and it was an occasion to remember!

Every year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reveals that while 3.1 million dogs find themselves in shelters, only about 2 million get adopted.

Kane’s story is particularly heartwarming given he’s found a home with Betsy Smith, a shelter volunteer, and her husband, Jeremy McFadden.

On the day Kane left the shelter, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

The staff and volunteers celebrated with a heartwarming send-off, complete with dog-friendly treats, toys, and poignant signs that read, “You can’t buy love, but you can adopt it,” “I’m going home!” and “It wasn’t my fault.”

Kane’s journey began when he was brought in as a stray in 2020. Over time, his bond with the shelter’s staff and volunteers deepened, especially since he had been their longest resident.


Speaking on the joy and sorrow of his departure, Humane Society’s Executive Director, Susan Austin, shared, “There were tears from everybody.”

Now in his new home, Kane’s demeanor is evolving.

Smith, who has been with Kane for two years as a volunteer, expressed, “You can feel his release of anxiety and stress. He’s started making a sound I’ve never heard him make before… like a little piggie. He just seems to be living his best life.”

Smith’s affection for Kane was evident even before his adoption. She’d previously highlighted Kane’s long wait at the shelter in a Facebook post.

Updating her followers recently, she joyfully announced, “On day 1,129 he is coming home to us, his family.”

A GoFundMe was set up to aid Smith and McFadden in ensuring Kane’s smooth transition, and the support has been overwhelming, raising $3,000 by Monday afternoon.


The sentiment behind the campaign was touching, with the post noting, “Who better than to have his most trusted and loving human be the one to give him a ‘new leash on life.’”