Shelter’s Longest-Serving Dog Adopted After Viral Clip Shows He’s ‘Ignored

On September 12, Newsweek reported on the story of a rescue shelter’s longest-serving canine resident, and, since his story captured attention online, Sarge the dog has now found a home.

Photographer Albert Harris, who works for Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Florida, shared a video of Sarge in his kennel on TikTok, where it received more than 3 million views.

Sarge had been at the rescue center for over 70 days and was still being overlooked, but thousands of readers wrote in to support the dog.

​​Data compiled by Rainwalk Pet Insurance in 2022 revealed that 4.1 million animals are adopted in the U.S. each year, including 2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats.

While 90.5 million households in America own at least one pet, there are still 920,000 animals euthanized in shelters every year.