The first night a shelter dog spends in a new home after adoption is a priceless moment, and Petey, a dog previously overlooked by potential adopters, experienced that joy. The SPCA of Wake County shared the heartwarming story of Petey, who had been in a high-intake shelter before finding a loving home.

Petey’s luck changed when the SPCA took him in with the goal of finding him a forever home. After being adopted, Petey’s new family shared images of him in his new house, capturing the precious moments of contentment. One photo showed Petey dozing off in a cozy bed with a big grin on his face.

In a statement, the SPCA said, “That’s the smile of a dog who knows he’s home.” Petey’s new family reported that he was settling in well, enjoying activities like playing fetch, napping in bed, sniffing the yard, and interacting with his new sibling and other canine companions. The family expressed that Petey was the perfect addition to their household.

Petey’s owner shared, “Petey has such a beautiful personality and is opening up to us. I am overjoyed to have him.” The SPCA expressed gratitude to the family for adopting Petey, and the images captured the happiness and comfort that Petey found in his new home.

This heartwarming story showcases the transformative power of adoption and the joy that comes from giving a shelter dog a second chance at a loving and caring home.