Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is the one who adopted dog left at Michigan shelter

DETROIT – UPDATE! The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society says Eastwood has found a home:

Eastwood has been ADOPTED!! After careful thought and consideration, we are thrilled to announce that Eastwood now has a forever home! This was a VERY difficult decision. We reviewed over 80 adoption applications today, and while there were countless families who would have given Eastwood an amazing home, one stood out above the rest.

We are all extremely touched by your incredible love and support for this boy-he is one lucky pup! For everyone who was hoping to adopt Eastwood, please consider opening your heart and home to one of the many homeless dogs who enter our shelter system every year-there are so many in need of wonderful, forever homes! Please stayed tuned in the next week for more specific details about Eastwood's adoption-photos to follow!


Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is the one who adopted the dog! 

“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,” remarked Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “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."

“Like in most county-run facilities nationwide, these animals have the potential of being euthanized due to lack of space,” said Deter Racine, Executive Director of Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. “This is regardless of breed; it can even happen to a beautiful boy like Eastwood. We work very closely with our local stray center to avoid this if at all possible.”

In appreciation of the Van Gundys opening their home to Eastwood, BISSELL Pet Foundation has happily paid Eastwood’s adoption fee.

Previous background on Eastwood: 

Michigan's "Empty the Shelters" event was a huge success for many shelters, but one shelter was left with one dog.

The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society posted about Eastwood, a one-year-old special needs pup who was the only dog left after the event on Saturday: 

Poor Eastwood is so lonely now that all of his pals have been adopted! Eastwood is the only dog left at the shelter after Empty the Shelters on Saturday, but we know the perfect home is out there somewhere. This amazing boy has a few health issues that need to be addressed (which is why we think he was abandoned initially, poor guy!), but this boy is so sweet, we know it will be well worth it. He's only a year old and as nice as they come. Did we mention he's great with other dogs, cats AND kids?? Please "like" and share this post, so Eastwood can have the happily ever after that he so deserves!

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your interest in sweet Eastwood! We have been getting a lot of calls and interest in him and we could not be happier! If you are interested in Eastwood please submit an application at Eastwood has some leg deformities that we believe he was born with. Although the Veterinarian is not recommending surgery for his legs at this time, he could need surgery in the future, which his new family would be responsible for. These surgeries could be upward of $4000. Although we understand this is a lot to take on for most families, we are committed to finding the perfect fit for Eastwood. Thank you again for all of your support and shares!

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