As a pet, 6-year-old Merrick was deserted at a storage sale. He had an enormous abscess on his face and wanted corrective surgical procedure. Right from the beginning, the poor boy confronted a number of hardship.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t clean crusing from there in any respect. Brought to the Kansas City Humane Society, Merrick waited and waited for somebody to take him dwelling for good. He waited there for over 5 years.

Merrick spent greater than 2,000 days residing on the Kansas City Humane Society. His have to be the one animal in a house and the truth that he lived most of his life in a shelter deterred many potential adopters. Small youngsters make Merrick uncomfortable since he has such restricted publicity to them, and he has a number of energy and power which might bowl over younger youngsters.

“Merrick is an athletic guy and his playing style is pretty vigorous. It’s all in good fun and he’s never been aggressive with people, but he does play hard!” –Merrick’s Petfinder web page

Still, Merrick’s playful persona and want to like ought to have been sufficient to get him adopted. For over 5 and a half years, it wasn’t.


At lengthy final, Jordan Nussbaum and his girlfriend Amy adopted Merrick on March 4th, 2020.

“It was love at first sight. What they wanted was someone without kids who had a lot of energy to keep up with him because he’s a huge dog. But he’s still a puppy.” (The Guardian)

The shelter workers and volunteers all lined as much as see their longest resident be part of his new household. They had made celebratory indicators and introduced balloons.


Many teared up as he jumped within the again seat of his new automobile, as did I once I watched the candy video of his departure:

A Billboard Finally Did It

Merrick endured dozens of picture and video shoots as a part of a social media marketing campaign to search out him a house. People shared the canine’s story far and extensive, but the years glided by with out him being adopted.


The marketing campaign didn’t appear too profitable till a kindhearted benefactor actually stepped as much as assist. Scott Poore funded a $3000 billboard displaying Merrick’s picture. Poore owns Mission Driven, a Kansas-based clothes firm that gives helps to animal shelters.

“You have spent your entire life living in an animal shelter, but that’s all about to change. By the end of this upcoming week we will have a billboard with your face on it and thousands of people well learn your story. You may be homeless, but you have a small army of supporters behind you and I promise we will find your hero. Every shelter pet has a hero and I’m positive we’re going to find yours! 1700 days and counting…” – Scott Poore, Mission Driven through Facebook

The billboard went up on the finish of November, 2019. The plan was to maneuver the billboard to a unique location in Kansas City each week and maximize publicity. Via Mission Driven’s Facebook web page, Poore emphasised how a lot it meant to him to get this canine out of the shelter.

“I’ve tried just about everything over the last four years to find this beautiful boy a forever home and I’ve had no luck. He spent his entire life in the animal shelter and I refuse to let him enter 2020 still being homeless. He is my #1 priority.”


Thanks to the billboard, 1000’s of individuals noticed this good boy’s face each day.

“It’s unbelievable it was this hard of a process. We were telling the same story to the same audience for those five and a half years but when Mission Driven bought the billboard we reached a whole new audience.”

The big advert actually turned out to be an efficient instrument. The billboard in Kansas City and movie of Merrick caught Nussbaum’s eye. He satisfied his girlfriend (although it absolutely wasn’t arduous) they needed to undertake this canine. The relaxation is historical past!

Home At Last, Forever

The Humane Society shared on Facebook how thrilled they’re for Merrick, regardless of being unhappy to see him go.

“Merrick found his perfect match—his new mom and dad, Jordan and Amy, are everything he has wished for and more! We could not be more happy, excited, proud, or thankful to everyone who shared his story.”


To my commentary, they appear fairly proper about this household being his excellent match. Nussbaum gushed to Good Morning America about his loving new canine.

“He’s a cuddle, he’s a licker, he knows nothing but love.”


They’ve even arrange a Facebook web page for Merrick so his followers can comply with his completely happy new life updates!


It’s arduous to imagine a canine like this spent even a day in a shelter, not to mention years. Still, we will all relaxation completely happy (after wiping these pleasure tears away) figuring out how nice Merrick’s life is any longer! And it helps to understand how many individuals like Poore actually care.

H/T: The Guardian
Featured Image:@MissionDrivenGoods/Facebook

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