Shelter’s Longest Serving Dog Adopted After Viral Clip Shows It ‘Overlooked’

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Rescue Dog Sarge Finds His ‘Furever’ Home

On Sept. 12, Newsweek reported on the story of the longest-serving dog resident at a rescue shelter, and since his story gained traction online, Sarge the dog has now found a home.

Photographer Albert Harris, who works for the Orange County Animal Service in Orlando, Florida, shared a video of Sarge in his kennel on TikTok and received more than 3 million views.

Sarge has been at the rescue centre for more than 70 days and remains overlooked, but thousands of readers have written letters in support of the dog.


The image of Sarge, who has garnered viral attention for being one of the Orange County Animal Services Agency’s longest-serving residents. The older dog has found a home where he can settle down immediately with his new family.
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Data compiled by Rainwalk Pet Insurance in 2022 revealed that 4.1 million animals are adopted in the U.S. each year, including 2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats.

While 90.5 million U.S. households own at least one pet, 920,000 animals die in shelters each year.

Senior dogs and cats are less likely to find their permanent home and be adopted from a shelter, while puppies and kittens are most likely to be adopted.

Since the story, Sarge has been adopted by his new family and owner Christy Ditto told Newsweek: “It’s 100 per cent. I’m an animal lover, and about a month ago, I was scrolling through the page of the shelter and saw him.” He caught my attention immediately. He’s very beautiful and he looks very sad.”

As an older dog, Ditto felt Sarge would be calm and a great canine companion: “I thought to myself that there was no way my husband would allow me to take this old man home and go do his job.

“Then your story comes, and his pretty face appears,” Ditto said. “My husband texted me a picture and I said, ‘I can’t believe nobody wants this poor guy. He’s been there forever.'”

As soon as the couple discussed Sarge, they immediately contacted the Orange County Animal Services Agency to let them know they were on their way.

Not long after, Sarge was home with his new family, where he felt comfortable: “He was completely settled down,” Ditto said.

With millions of viewers on TikTok and readers of the first story about Sarge, thousands have come to share their well wishes.

“I think it’s amazing how many people have reached out and I respect and appreciate so many people who want to help but can’t,” Ditto said.

Now spending his days cuddling and having fun, Sarge delighted his new family: “He was like always having a best friend with you and he was the loveliest,” Ditto said. “He definitely stole our hearts.”

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