'Last dog standing' after adoption marathon gets new home, new parents

Jun 07, 2014, 07:32 IST | Agencies

This couple made sure Madeline was not the only dog that got left behind at an adoption marathon

Arizona: After a marathon weekend adoption event at the Arizona Humane Society, hundreds of animals found new forever homes. But, when the event ended and the cages at the shelter were emptied, one dog remained. Madeline, a four-year-old pit bull was the only dog that was not adopted during the two-day event. She had been left at the shelter after her owner became ill and could no longer take care of her.

Kim and Eli Beckman rushed  to the adoption centre after learning about Madeline on a TV show
Kim and Eli Beckman rushed  to the adoption centre after learning about Madeline on a TV show

But, the adorable pup wasn’t alone for long. A local TV channel produced a story about ‘the last dog standing.’ At the show, a worker at the centre said, “She’s just been a complete angel; now a staff favorite. We just want to see her end up in a good home before she ends up in one of our homes.” The show attracted the attention of Kim and Eli Beckman, who rushed to the shelter the next morning to meet Madeline.

“I told my fiancé, ‘let’s go up there and take a shot at trying to adopt her,’” Eli Beckman said to reporters. “I mean, how would you feel if you got left out in the cold?” The Beckmans officially adopted Madeline into their family and brought her home. Now, the pit bull has the chance to love a whole new family and get lots of love in return.

The animal shelter at Arizona Humane Society is already beginning to fill up again with pets in need of homes. During the two-day event, held from May 31 to June 1, 1,346 dogs and 647 cats were adopted at animal shelters in the state. The free adoption weekend —Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days — is held each year around the country in order find shelter homes for shelter pets.

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