Photo of 14-year-old Hamilton County shelter dog goes viral on Facebook, leads to adoption

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Word can spread fast on social media and the Humane Society for Hamilton County proved on Nov. 30 that it can be used for good.

On that day, the shelter posted a photo of Ox, a 14-year-old dog who was surrendered the previous day by his owner due to her boyfriend’s allergies. The photo showed the dog lying on his bed looking “defeated” and feeling “hopeless,” according to shelter staff.

“But all we can do when we encounter a situation like this is collectively shake our heads … and hope,” the message read on Facebook.

But something happened on Facebook. The post received thousands of likes, shares and comments in a few hours, leading to the older dog to find a permanent home in just two hours.

‘’Facebook proved today what a powerful tool it can be in spreading the word about animals in need,” HSHC Executive Director Rebecca Stevens wrote in a message to Current in Carmel. “There are many more senior dogs and cats sitting in cages at the shelter, so we encourage those touched by Ox’s photo to still come in and consider adopting one of those equally deserving animals.”

Lee Ann Walthall took Ox home and sent a message to HSHC, saying, “Thank you for all the wonderful support and kind words. I think I needed him as much as he needs a forever home. He has stopped shaking and panting and has already been a wonderful addition. Ox will be well taken care of.”

Now, HSHC is hoping to find a home for Marlo, a 10-year-old blind dog. He’s 90 pounds and loves to lay around since it’s not as playful as a younger dog. He’s unsure about other dogs and isn’t good with cats, but shelter staff say he’s very sweet.


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