HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Brad the poi dog had been at the Oahu SPCA shelter for so long, staff were pretty much certain he’d never be adopted.
How long? Try seven years.
After nearly a decade, the Australian cattle dog mix had made a home out of the shelter ― and become a fixture there. He’d been adopted out a few times.
And every time, he’d been returned.
“He needs a lot of outdoor space and exercise to keep him healthy and happy,” said shelter manager Ashley Webb.
No one seemed to have the property where Brad could thrive.
But earlier this year, a Michigan couple visiting the shelter while on Oahu met the plump little guy ― and heard his story. The two spent some time with Brad, and that’s all it took.
They were intent on adopting him and bringing him back home.
Oahu SPCA said the woman and her boyfriend have a big home in Michigan, along with a barn and a yard. The couple is also equipped to handle all of Brad’s quirks: Things like barking and nervous habits.
And they offered to pay for all the costs of transporting Brad to the mainland.
But the Oahu SPCA wanted to help, so a GoFundMe account was launched to help cover some costs.
Within days, the goal was reached.
As the nonprofit said on Facebook, “He’s been at the shelter for years and years, so this is a celebration. We love him so much!”
And now, so do we. Aloha, Brad!