Star, a Staffordshire terrier, has been at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in Scotland since 2013.
Police officers found him chained to the back of a dilapidated building that same year. The dog was emaciated, and his nails had curled toward the underside of his paw.
Because the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home staffers thought the canine was fortunate to have survived horrible neglect from his former caretakers, they decided to call him their lucky Star.
With lots of care and affection, the tireless animal workers helped Star recuperate from his injuries. His distress, however, was much tougher to remedy.
Image credit: Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home on Facebook
No one knows what happened to the Staffie before his rescue, but it had left a deep scar; Star was skittish around other canines as well as children. His nervousness made adoption significantly more difficult.
It was so challenging to find him a suitable home, in fact, that the now seven-and-a-half-year-old Staffie spent five years in the shelter.
While the employees love to have him around, they wanted Star to grow old at a loving, permanent home.
Hence, they launched a social media campaign called #FindStarAHome. Mainstream media and celebrities publicized the hashtag, helping it gain traction.
Thanks to the campaign, several potential adopters came forward. However, the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home couldn’t hand him over to just anyone; the Staffie needed a home with no other pets and no children.
Finally, a professional photographer called Graeme Webb came forward. Upon hearing Star’s story, he was puzzled as to why shelter visitors had overlooked the dog for years. He then dropped by the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home to meet the Staffie himself.
Graeme fell in love with the cheerful and affectionate dog and immediately expressed an intention to adopt him. He visited Star a few more times, and the shelter staffers saw that they were a perfect match.
The photographer, who lives in a town in the Scottish Borders called Hawick, observed that Star was somewhat uncomfortable in his new home at first.
Graeme slept next to him that first night, but soon afterward the Staffie settled into his forever home and even staked claim to the sofa.
Star may react unfavorably to other dogs, but the happy canine loves cuddling with his new fur dad and playing football with him. Graeme shares that he never intended to adopt a pet, but the Staffie is now the star of his life.
Watch the fun-loving Star in the video below:
Source: Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home on YouTube