DETROIT – Hundreds of people responded with outrage and offers to adopt the pit bull mix puppy named Blue who disappeared from Florida and ended up in Michigan, only to be rejected by its owner.
The story now has a happy ending, with Blue getting a new home.
She has been adopted by a man who was the first person to fill out an adoption application for her, said Logan Smith, animal care technician for the Humane Society of Midland County.
Blue’s unique story prompted people from all over the country to reach out by phone, email and social media with offers to take the dog in, and give it the love many felt she needed.
“It’s hard not to get attached to the girl,” the Grand Blanc woman who tried to return Blue to her owner in Florida said early Tuesday morning as she headed to the Midland shelter, which arranged the dog’s adoption. “It sucks. I wish I could keep her.”
Blue got separated from her owner in Lehigh Acres, Florida, and was later found in Midland, Michigan, shivering and cold. The pup, who is not quite a year old, was taken to the Humane Society of Midland County.
The shelter located the dog’s owner through an embedded microchip and arranged for her to be returned, driven nearly 1,500 miles to Florida, by a volunteer who asked not to be identified.
But in Florida, the dog’s 22-year-old owner said she no longer wanted Blue and couldn’t take care of her.
The volunteer driver said she was frustrated and heartbroken, but just wanted Blue –who actually is a happy dog with a red coat – to end up with an owner who will love her.
She said she’d adopt the dog herself, but she already has four.
Blue, the driver said, is awesome, likes to play and give kisses, but also has a few quirks. She seems to have trouble eating dry food, her tail appears to be bent, and a hind leg sometimes spasms.
And from the Free Press articles alone, people have fallen for her.
One man, who said he lost his dog to his ex-wife in a recent divorce, wanted to adopt Blue after reading her story. He added to his pitch that he has had dogs his whole life. He also has a fenced yard, a big one, and loves walking dogs.
A woman who also called said Blue would make a wonderful companion for her lonely 5-year-old pit bull mix. She had another dog, a bloodhound, but it died from cancer nearly a year ago.
A man from New York left a phone message at 2:07 a.m. to say he wanted to make a donation to help cover some of the volunteer’s Florida-drive expenses.
There were calls and emails from Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.
“If they haven’t come back through, yet, I’ll take Blue in,” said a women from Mississippi. “She ain’t gotta worry about having to run away and not be loved. She’ll be able to be inside the house.”
Pet lovers from north Florida and Tennessee, who also were touched by Blue’s sad story, even hoped that the puppy could be dropped off at their homes, which were on the way back to Michigan.
The Midland shelter received several inquiries and applications for her adoption.
“Every time I’ve answered the phone today,” Smith said “it’s been about Blue wondering if she’s available.”
The shelter didn’t immediately release the name of the man who adopted Blue, but it posted a picture of the happy pair on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon.
“It all ended well,” Smith said.
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