Shelter Dog Receives Sweetest Farewell When Finally Adopted

Stevie arrived as a stray dog roughly a year ago under the care of the Dogtown South Africa rescue center. He has been friendly and outgoing with people and other dogs since his arrival at the shelter. The shelter workers expected the cute child to find his forever home quickly, but that was not the case.

To everyone’s amazement, Stevie was repeatedly neglected in the rescue center for more than six years, and no one knew why.

Dogtown SA’s adoption manager, Elanza Kloppers, told The Dodo:

“[He] was always a puzzle to us. Stevie met a lot of people, but for some reason, another dog was always picked. Many of his roommates were adopted over the years and we always expected something to happen for Stevie. Being a black dog didn’t help either, as it’s quite common for black dogs to go unnoticed in shelters.”


Despite the long wait and the passage of time, Stevie and the shelter staff never lost optimism that he would eventually find his ideal family.

Elanza states:

“I couldn’t wait to tell the team when I finally got word from the adopter that Stevie was the selected one. They were overjoyed! Finally, it happened to our kid, after so much waiting and hoping! Everyone was overjoyed for Stevie. It was breathtaking to witness.”


When a family decided Stevie was the right dog for them, the volunteers eagerly prepared everything to finally send him to his forever home. Stevie had been in the shelter for so long that everyone there believed he was their own dog. As a result, they wanted to do something special to commemorate their time there and to welcome them to their next step.

As a result, on his last day, as he made his way to the car to begin his new life, everyone at the shelter formed a street of honor to welcome and say farewell to the darling Stevie for the final time.

Elanza continued:

“Our adoptions are all unique, but some are more distinctive than others. We’ve had a few standout adoptions throughout the years, and we’ve always had a special farewell for those pets. The entire crew wanted to bid him farewell and wish him well.”


Stevie was ecstatic as he moved among his pals who were cheering him on. He appeared to recognize that this was a special day, and he was overjoyed that all of his friends had gathered to bid him farewell.

Elanza remembers:

“Stevie wagged his tail and shouted a special goodbye to everyone.” He has grown to like our team, and I’m sure he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw all of his favorite people wishing him luck and cheering him on. It was a difficult day for all of us. Stevie stepped into the truck with his usual, wavy butt, as though he knew his day had finally arrived! He was warm in his favorite jacket, surrounded by his beloved  people, he got into the vehicle quite happily.”


Stevie is already enjoying life in her new ideal home. His new father refers to him as Stevie Wonderful and loves him just the way he is, and it is evident that Stevie feels the same way.

His new family is looking forward to many more experiences together. Stevie ultimately found his happily ever after, despite the fact that it took some time.

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