“He kept getting passed over again and again…”
Meet Martin, a senior dog who was abandoned by his aging family and was in dire need of a home.
When Martin first came to the SPCA of Wake County, he was about ten years old. Martin’s father loved him very much, but he was no longer able to take care of him.
According to Samantha Ranlet, a marketing communications expert at SPCA, “His [dad] was 89 years old and reached a point where he couldn’t offer the life that he believed Martin deserved.” Samantha Ranlet. “He desired for him a better life.”
Martin’s father took the elderly dog to the animal shelter in the hopes that they may assist Martin in finding a home where he could spend his latter years comfortably.
He did a good job of adjusting, Ranlet added. “I don’t know whether he realized what was happening, but even from day one, he was just this joyful, easy-going, really nice old man with a teddy bear face,” said one observer.
But finding a suitable adoptive proved to be more difficult than anticipated due to Martin’s age.
Ranlet said that “he was getting passed over time and time again.” Seven adoptions failed in the space of two months for various reasons.
However, Martin’s adoption was influenced by a number of other factors as well. He also tested positive for heartworms, which put prospective adopters on edge.
The SPCA team made the decision to do something new to spread the word about Martin after the seventh adoption fell through.
We came to the conclusion that we needed to use the internet to urge our community to help us share him and place him in a family, according to Ranlet.
Indeed, Martin received the awareness he required with only one Facebook post outlining his tale and two images of his cute teddy bear face.
Ranlet said that “posting on Facebook made all the difference.” “Thousands of people shared his article, and all of a sudden we had people calling, emailing, etc. about it.”
After Martin’s tweet went viral, the senior dog’s adoption applications were fully booked in less than 48 hours.
One of the submissions was submitted by a couple with knowledge of elderly dogs.
Ranlet stated, “They weren’t worried of his age, and they weren’t afraid of the heartworm condition he had. They were instantly enamored by him and his cuddly enthusiasm.
Martin has been living at the couple’s house for a few weeks now. Since he continues to get heartworm medication at the SPCA of Wake County on the weekends, his adoption hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it will be shortly.
They’re intending to make the adoption official as soon as he finishes his therapy, Ranlet added. He still has one or two months to go.
Martin is the lone dog in his new household, but he gets along well with Hilltop, his younger cat sister.
The SPCA employees miss Martin every day even though they get to see him for his routine heartworm checkups. However, they are overjoyed that he managed to find the ideal family in spite of all the odds, and they hope that his tale will encourage others to adopt older dogs.
Ranlet said that it was great to pay elderly pets extra attention. “It helps people remember that adopting them is good, too.”