A dog dubbed the ‘unlucky guy’ after 14 failed adoptions has finally found happiness — and a forever family who loves him.
The cute and awkward 64-pound. Pup Ronald has found his family after being returned to the shelter after 14 pending adoptions, according to the Wake County SPCA, a private, nonprofit animal rescue and welfare organization in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The shelter took Ronald into its care on Dec. 7, 2022, as a transfer pup from one of the nearby city shelters, said Samantha Ranlet, spokeswoman for the Wake County SPCA.
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After Ronald, a mixed breed, spent a week at the SPCA in Wake County on December 15, a family took an interest in him. Unfortunately — it wasn’t to be, Ranlet told Fox News Digital.
After about a month, Ronald went home with three different families to go through trial adoption periods, often referred to as “dress rehearsals.”
However, each of those families decided that Ronald wasn’t right for them, Ranlet said.
The other pending adoptions were from 11 families – all of whom asked for Ronald but ultimately chose not to adopt him.
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From the start, Ranlet said, Ronald’s great puppy energy and size may have been the reasons families rejected him.
“He’s basically a typical puppy. He’s playful and clumsy and goofy and still learning his manners,” said Renlet.
“But because he’s just so big – that combined with his clumsy puppy behavior was just a lot for people.”
On Jan. 11, 2023, the Wake County SPCA team decided to share Ronald’s “unfortunate” story on Facebook — and his post has since gone viral.
The application system at the SPCA only allows three pending adoptions per pet at a time – but Ronald has received well over three prospects, according to Ranlet, who oversees the social media inbox.
She said the shelter has received over 800 messages from individuals inquiring about adopting Ronald.
“We were completely overwhelmed and stunned by the response. It’s still hard for me to understand,” Ranlet added.
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People from across the country shared Ronald’s post in the hope that he could break his losing streak and find a home.
The post about Ronald was shared around 70,000 times on Facebook.
“I think they took it into their own hands…because people wanted to help him,” Ranlet said.
Kiersten Davis, a nurse from Raeford, North Carolina, was one of the thousands of Facebook users who saw the post about Ronald — and reached out to the Wake County SPCA.
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“I sure thought someone was going to grab him quick and I didn’t even stand a chance,” Davis told Fox News Digital.
Davis said she was put on a waiting list for Ronald.
That day, she received a call from the Wake County SPCA telling her that the other adoption offer had fallen through and that Ronald was hers.
She left work early and drove to Raleigh to pick up the dog.
“We were completely overwhelmed and stunned by the response. It’s still hard to grasp that.”
After a five-day “dress rehearsal,” Davis knew it was meant to be, she said.
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“As soon as I brought him home and saw him with the boys and our other dog, I knew we were going to finalize the adoption,” Davis said.
On Tuesday January 17, 2023, Ronald officially found a new home.
Davis and her husband Corey Pierce, who is based at Fort Bragg, are parents to two boys, Kason and Cohen, and a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd named Billie.
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While many potential adopters were reportedly intimidated by Ronald’s puppy behavior, Davis welcomed it.
“I wasn’t intimidated at all by the energetic puppy behavior!” said Davis.
“I live with two boys, ages 7 and 4, so I’m used to chaos and craziness,” she said.
Since moving to his new home, Ronald has made himself comfortable.
“If everyone got together like they did [for] Ronald, many dogs in shelters in the US would find homes.”
“He loves to cuddle and take up the whole couch. He might be trying to sneak his head up on the kitchen counter for a snack,” Davis said.
She said he also enjoys going for walks and gets along well with the children.
The 1-year-old pup now has an Instagram page – so his fans can keep in touch.
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“We were so overwhelmed with love and positivity,” Davis shared.
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“If everyone got together like they did [for] Ronald, many dogs in shelters in the US would find homes,” Ranlet said.