Chester was found as a stray and taken to an animal shelter in Long Island New York where he patiently waited for five years to find a forever home.
When this image was posted on Facebook, it quickly went viral
Dry your tears, this story has the happiest ending.
Gabby Stroup is the manager of the North Fork Animal Welfare League where Chester had been living. When she posted the above picture it was shared over 6,000 times that day. Gabby made Chester his own page "Chester: Waiting Five Years" and by the evening he had close to 2,000 likes.
Chester now had hundreds of potential forever homes
Gabby says that in addition to the many enquiries made via social media, she also received over 300 hundred emails and more phone calls than she could count from families interested in adopting Chester.
"The phone just never stopped. People called from Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan, Oregon, New Jersey Wisconsin, Nova Scotia, Australia and more — people tearing up as they called."
Dana Dor and her family got lucky
Gabby says that when Dana's family came and met Chester "they were a perfect match."
Dana's husband Adi said that the moment his family saw them, "we felt connected. It was meant to be."
Chester's sweet nature made him popular at the shelter
As Dana's family prepared to take Chester home, she noted that Chester's warm nature was a testament to all of the love he's received at the shelter. When it was time for him to go, many volunteers drove out to the shelter up to say goodbye to one their longtime favorite pups. Chester was always up for a walk, some belly rubs and plenty of kisses.
Chester is now at his forever home and grinning widely
Chester arrived at his new home just in time to celebrate Easter with his new family.
Chester's fame will be put to use finding forever homes for other dogs. The NFAWL plans to use his now famous Facebook page to feature other dogs who are looking for families.
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