Rush, a pit bull from Ohio, has a new home and a family to love, thanks to sweet footage showing him preparing his own bed while waiting for adoption.
At the SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering, Ohio, shelter dog Rush is recorded on video, holding his blanket in his teeth and looking sadly at the camera as he tries to arrange his bed.
According to ABC News, Nora Vondrell, the executive director of SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering, Ohio, said, “the family had seen the video, came and met Rush and fell in love.”
“There are a lot of negative stereotypes about the American pit bull. If we were able to highlight the cute cuddly points of Rush, then we can help people look beyond the pit bull label,” she added.
Rush’s new family is a local couple. They adopted the puppy a week later and believed they were linked together by destiny.
They said that they had lost their dogs before and were not fully prepared for a new pet at the time.
They did, however, came across Rush on the media and a website dedicated to animal shelters.
They also noticed a sign that wrote “Rush to be there” on their approach to the center, but the middle two words were too small to see, so they just understood it as “Rush there.”
“It was a sign on a sign,” said the female owner, “He’s our puppy, that’s for sure,” according to the Daily Mail.
Rush, a one-year-old terrier-American pit bull mix, was sent to SICSA by the Animal Control Agency earlier in 2015, according to Vondrell.
He was accepted by a family a few months later. However, he was returned to the sanctuary on Sept. 4, the same year.
Workers at SICSA started training programs, according to Vondrell, to make the puppy more appealing for adoption.
Volunteers would see Rush make his bed every day as he came back from his runs, according to Vondrell.
“Day after day the staff would watch Rush make his bed and one day, one of our marketing interns got it on video,” the SICSA’s executive director recalled. “We put it on social media to encourage people to come in and adopt the animal.”
Rush’s video has received over 2.5 million views since uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 2, 2015.
“They said Rush is just a wonderful dog and they’re very much in love with him,” Vondrell said of Rush’s new family.
“People believe shelter and rescue animals are misbehaved, unwanted or have diseases. The reality is they are wonderful and healthy,” Vondrell added.