‘Cheeks’ adopted after spending 625 days at Tennessee shelter

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Since January 2022, a six-year-old mixed breed dog had been a resident at the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During his tenure at the shelter, the likeable pooch had been adopted twice, but both times, through no fault of his own, Cheeks was returned to the shelter. One can only imagine how sad the sweet guy must have felt – one minute in a home, and not long after back to the shelter again.

Meet Cheeks! He’s a sweet and happy dog who enjoys meeting new people and lots of treats. His favorite thing to do is lay around in his bed, but he’s also happy playing a game of fetch or tug of war. This affectionate boy loves attention and always wants to be where the people are. He much prefers being indoors, but loves a good car ride and pup cup! Cheeks isn’t a big fan of other animals and would do best in a home where he is the only one. If you are interested in this handsome boy let us know so you can spend time with him today!


Cheeks had been a popular pup around the area; his frequent trips to the local news stations often made him a celebrity, but even with his adorable face so often adorning the evening news, still no one came forward to adopt him.

And as it sometimes happens, fate steps in and helps all of us out – even social media. It was Pat, an Oregon resident, who came across Cheeks’ photo and description and something just clicked.

You see, Cheeks looked a lot like Pat’s dog who had passed away, and even though he was across the country, Pat just had to meet him. So he booked a flight, and showed up at the shelter and met Cheeks.

The two immediately hit it off, and after some quality time and a little bit of paperwork, the two headed off on their cross-country road trip back to Oregon!

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It was sad for the volunteers and staff to bid farewell to Cheeks, but they were happy tears, because having a home and a person to love is what adoptions are all about, and there goes Cheek on his new and exciting life!

Every year more than 6.3 million pets are surrendered to shelters across the country. This year there has been an overwhelming increase in the number of dogs and cats as compared to last year. Please adopt.

And as I once promised Bob Barker I would remember to add on as many articles as I could – “Please spay and neuter your pets.”

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