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Meet Eastwood, the Only Dog Left Behind After an 'Empty the Shelters' Event in Michigan

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The shelter was almost completely empty — with the exception of Eastwood.

The special needs pooch watched as 21 other animals found their forever at an Empty the Shelters event held on Saturday at the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, and sadly, he was the only animal left still waiting.

“Poor Eastwood is so lonely now that all of his pals have been adopted!” says a Facebook post shared by the shelter on Monday. “Eastwood is the only dog left at the shelter after Empty the Shelters on Saturday, but we know the perfect home is out there somewhere.”

Unfortunately, health issues are what brought Eastwood to the Harbor Springs, Michigan, shelter in the first place, and could be why he failed to find his forever family that day.

“This amazing boy has a few health issues that need to be addressed (which is why we think he was abandoned initially, poor guy!), but this boy is so sweet, we know it will be well worth it,” the post said. “He’s only a year old and as nice as they come. Did we mention he’s great with other dogs, cats AND kids?? Please ‘like’ and share this post, so Eastwood can have the happily ever after that he so deserves!”

The Facebook post — which was subsequently shared over 1,700 times — may be the help Eastwood needs to find his way out of the shelter. An update noted that inquires were already pouring in.

“We have been getting a lot of calls and interest in him and we could not be happier!” the update reads. “Eastwood has some leg deformities that we believe he was born with. Although the Veterinarian is not recommending surgery for his legs at this time, he could need surgery in the future, which his new family would be responsible for. These surgeries could be upward of $4000. Although we understand this is a lot to take on for most families, we are committed to finding the perfect fit for Eastwood. Thank you again for all of your support and shares!”

Another update said adoption applications are currently being processed, a sign that Eastwood would be homed soon.

“We are determined to find the right fit for this special boy, and we will contact you if we feel your family would be the right match for him,” the update said. “We are touched by the wave of love and support for this sweet dog – thank you!”

Eastwood may have been the only dog left behind that day, but he’s obviously not alone in his struggle. Another pooch named Gretal was the only dog remaining this weekend following an adoption event for the Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG).

“Gretal is the last dog that did not find a home this weekend,” said a Facebook post shared by the rescue, which has since been shared over 300 times. “She is a little love bug and loves her toys and bones. She is good with people and kids. No cats or dogs. Fenced yard required.”

If you are interested in Eastwood, submit an application at www.ltbhs.com. If you’re interested in Gretal, contact the Detroit Animal Welfare Group at 586-354-8500.