Update on Hank: Dog holding his toy facing death at NYC shelter

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It was a photo of a happy pooch named Hank, wagging his tail and carrying a favorite stuffed toy in his mouth, at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care that attracted the attention of thousands and thousands of animal advocates. Following the dog’s viral photo came the question – “Could life be anymore innocent?” Sadly, the answer was sobering; Hank had been facing humane euthanasia on Wednesday afternoon.

After two days of nail biting pleas and thousands of “shares” on social media, Friday evening, however was one for celebration. Hank safely left the building. Not long after the pup happily padded out the front door of the shelter, Animal Care Centers of New York City posted the smiling pup’s photo with his new mom:

“Check out Hank! He’s spending his first night with his new family. Many thanks to Sav-a-Bull for making this wonderful connection!”

It wasn’t long before volunteer Julie Carner posted the good news on the dog’s Facebook page. Many thanks to all of the advocates who shared his story. Many thanks to everyone for caring about a dog, who because of his misunderstood breed and prejudice, always deserved a chance to be loved and cherished. And many thanks to the staff at Animal Care Centers of New York City who worked very quietly behind the scenes to help a dog in need. 




Check out Hank’s freedom video courtesy of Animal Care Centers of New York City:


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  1. Many thanks to you Catherine.
    Some how it was you who saved this poor dog with the soalfull twinkly eyes.
    His eyes spoke to you alone and you stepped up. It was you who prayed to god the hardest. it was you who made the deal..Good work .

  2. Yay!!! Another happy ending…. if we could only somehow save them all… but, IF we never give up and, keep trying , shareing , posting , rescuing, fostering , spaying and neutering THAT DAY WILL COME…. JUST NEVER GIVE UP ON OUR FUR BABIES. ALWAYS REMEMBER WE’RE ALL THEY GOT…..

  3. Good for you Hank! Thank you to Hanks new mom! Please give this special boy lots of love and cuddles! Good for you little man! Pit bulls are so maligned it’s disgusting! They are very loving cuddle bugs! They have to be touching you, I have one that came to me from a rescue group! Zoe is just so mellow and she is very goofy! Above all else they are fiercely loyal very protective and totally in love with their human!

  4. FRIENDS – I HAVE A HEARTBREAKING UPDATE! OUR BELOVED HANK WAS FOUND AS A ‘STRAY’ on 10/19/17! He touched so many hearts and had so many people wanting to adopt him, but some uncaring irresponsible POS betrayed his trust and threw him on the streets. He is back on the kill list at NYCACC in Manhattan, NY. Death row dogs only get 18 hrs to find a home – he has until noon 10/30/17 to be reserved on-line. HANK – 10234 (ALT ID – A1106247).


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