The Hawaiian Humane Society of Honolulu did something they haven’t done in 130 years in an effort to get more dogs adopted: the shelter waived all adoption fees, hoping that all of the dogs would be adopted by the new year!
After a four-day “Clear the Shelter” event, there was only one dog left at the Hawaiian Humane Society, a scruffy mixed breed dog named Beauty. She was patiently waiting for a home, and on New Year’s Eve, a woman named Jan came to the shelter and fell in love with Beauty.
Over the moon that their last remaining dog was welcomed into a family, shelter staffers decided to send Beauty and Jan off the best way they could- with an incredible farewell.
Suzy Tam, the communications manager for the shelter, told TODAY, “It was an amazing moment. We wanted to celebrate this historic milestone by giving Beauty and Jan a round of applause as they exited our campus.”
The shelter welcomes 60 new animals a day on average so this accomplishment has initiated a positive response from the community. The Hawaiian Humane Society in Honolulu wrote on their Facebook: “Beauty, the final animal waiting to be adopted, received a round of applause from our staff as she exited campus with her new family. Mahalo to everyone who helped get the word out and chose to adopt.”
They continued saying, “Our shelter is cleared for the day, but we will have more animals available for adoption tomorrow!”
Watch the heartwarming video below of staff cheering Beauty on as she’s carried out of the shelter.
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[Featured Image Credit: Hawaiian Humane Society/Facebook]