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Eastwood, the Only Dog Left After an 'Empty the Shelters' Adoption Event, Adopted by Detroit Pistons Coach

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Eastwood has left the building!

The special needs dog named Eastwood, who went viral when he was the only animal left following an ‘Empty the Shelters’ event held at Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in April, was officially adopted on Tuesday by the Van Gundy family.

Stan Van Gundy, the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, his wife Kim, and their daughter Kelly, are the dog’s lucky new owners.

Courtesy Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

A video on the shelter’s Facebook page showed the moment the cute pup — who has a few health issues, that likely delayed his adoption — greeted his new family at the shelter.

The pooch looked like a perfect match for the Van Gundys, who loved on him in these amazing photos provided by the shelter (staffers thanked the family for their commitment to rescuing in the Facebook video).

“This is our seventh dog, and we’ve had nine cats,” Stan said of the family’s rescue animals. “We’ve got one other dog at home.”

Courtesy Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Added Kim: “We lost our 14-year-old shepherd Lab mix in March, so we were just kind of waiting, patiently, we knew our next dog was going to come along.”

Courtesy Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Eastwood may have watched 21 other animals finds homes at that adoption event on April 30, but May 9 was certainly his day to shine — to make things extra special, he donned a custom-made Pistons bandana, fashioned for him by one of the shelter’s staff members.

Courtesy Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

“We are so thrilled for Eastwood!” says Deter Racine, executive director of the shelter. “He went from a cold, abandoned dog living on the street to the newest member of the Van Gundy family where he’ll receive a lifetime of love and care.  We couldn’t ask for a better happy ending for him, and we hope to see him on the sidelines next season cheering on his new team!”

Looking to help another dog find its happy ending? Click here to see other animals available for adoption at the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society.