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Senior Rescue Dog Finally Adopted, Celebrates With Fries on Way to New Home

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Shelters nationwide are packed with dogs struggling to find new homes—especially older ones, who may never get to know what it means to have a loving family.

After four weeks of appointments with potential adopters, a senior dog named Ivan was adopted by a woman who could see through his shy and scared appearance, and he even got to eat French fries on the way to his new home.

In a video posted to TikTok on March 24 by user @peakepups, who took care of Ivan for about four weeks while he was being rehomed, his former carer said the pup was found as a stray and brought to a shelter in Los Angeles before being rescued by Frosted Faces Foundation—an all-senior animal rescue in Ramona, California—through which she then fostered him.

The text in the video said: "I decided to foster him, and he came home with me. It was obvious how special Ivan was, and he started getting adoption interest."

It also said that Ivan was nervous during adoption appointments and did not look like the "happy, confident boy" that he was at home with his carer.

"He needed the right adopter, to see past the scared boy at the appointment. Ivan just wants to be loved, and will give so much love in return," the text continued.

It added: "Ivan's new mom knew that Ivan was her guy. They got fries on the way home to celebrate. Happy adoption day Ivan, we are so happy for you and your new mom."

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Pictures of Ivan provided by his new owner. The pup, now called Finch, ate fries on the way to his new home. peakepups

The poster told Newsweek: "Ivan is the kind of dog that just puts a smile on your face. He's got a constant tail wag and the sweetest personality. He is sweet, loving and affectionate despite all the recent stressful changes in his life. He loves to snuggle, loves meal time and is just happy to be loved on by people."

While much of Ivan's backstory is unknown since he was found as a stray, the poster believed he had lived in a house before, as he quickly made himself comfortable at her home and was a "pro at finding all the comfy spots."

Though the poster has known Ivan for a few weeks, she first met his new owner, who adopted one of her foster dogs in the past, years ago.

The TikToker said: "Ivan's new mom Lynn is amazing. She adopted a previous foster dog of mine named Greta back in 2021. Greta unfortunately passed in November of 2023. Lynn loves her dogs hard, gives them the best and treats them like true family members.

"When I found out that Lynn had an adoption appointment to meet Ivan, I was thrilled. There is no better family than Lynn. Ivan does not have siblings in his new home, but will have the full attention and love of his new mom. Ivan has been renamed to Finch. Since he was a stray, he didn't know or respond to the name Ivan anyway (he had only had it 18 days)."

The poster said Ivan was her 37th foster dog and the first dog she has fostered since her pet dog Riley died on February 27.

She added: "We helped Ivan by fostering him, but he helped our family, too. I'm so grateful that we got to be part of Ivan's story. I love fostering because I love the way that it helps dogs get adopted by showcasing them in a home. Most dogs are very different in a home than they are in a rescue or shelter environment.

"Many think that they could never foster, as it would be too hard to 'give them up.' I like to think of fostering as pet-sitting. I just don't know who the family is yet. The foster dog was never mine to give up, and it was always my purpose to help place them with their family."

According to the Humane Society of Macomb, the most common reasons owners give up their dogs include age, allergies, behavioral issues, cost, moving, new pets and shedding.

Each year, 6.3 million pets enter U.S. shelters, which is an average of 17,260 a day, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported. The number of dogs and cats taken in by pet shelters hit 46,807 in January 2023, an increase of 1,744 compared to January 2022, 24Pet said in its Shelter Watch Report.

Around 920,000 surrendered animals are euthanized every year. Shelters are striving to minimize euthanasia rates by promoting adoption campaigns, spaying and neutering programs, and behavior rehabilitation.

So far, the video of Ivan has received more than 11,500 views and 3,000 likes on TikTok.

One user commented: "Not me absolutely sobbing that he got fries on the way home Congratulations Ivan. I knew you'd get the PERFECT home."

"Job well done foster momma! I hope more people learned how important your role was in his life and that this is what it's all about," another added.

Another commenter wrote, "I'm so happy for you Ivan but selfishly I'll miss seeing that face."

Do you have funny and adorable videos or pictures of your pet you want to share? Send them to [email protected] with some details about your best friend, and they could appear in our Pet of the Week lineup.

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