Stan Van Gundy is a good man. While we’d all rather he be in the midst of trying to win a second-round playoff series, he’s using his off time wisely — including adopting a special needs dog, the last dog remaining in a shelter, after an adoption event.
Eastwood was dog 22 after 21 dogs had been adopted during the Empty the Shelters event held statewide on April 29. The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs let people know just one dog remained — Eastwood, a one-year-old dog with leg deformities with possible future surgical needs that could cost up to $4,000.
The humane society’s post on Facebook soon went viral and one of the people who saw the plea to adopt Eastwood was Van Gundy’s 17-year-old daughter.
"We are so grateful to the Van Gundy family for the awareness they are bringing to adoption and for opening their hearts to make a difference that will change Eastwood's life forever," said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation in a press release. "Every shelter pet deserves a second chance. So many pets are waiting to be adopted and we hope telling Eastwood's story will help save those pets too."
Kim Van Gundy leads the Detroit Pistons Wives and Family Charitable Group and is excited to welcome Eastwood to their family.
"Special thank you to BISSELL Pet Foundation for sponsoring Empty the Shelters," commented Kim Van Gundy, Eastwood's new mom. "If it were not for Empty the Shelters, our family would not have seen Eastwood. We always believe our animals find us."
In total, 2,631 animals were adopted during Michigan’s Empty the Shelter event.
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