Sheldon the dog finds a home after 2 years

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 19:31:55-04

Walks for the Taber in their Tulsa neighborhood usually include their dogs Eddie and Maddie. Now Sheldon is joining the pack.

"He is a great walker, isn't he?" Nathan Taber asked his mom Denise as they walked their dogs.

"We weren't looking for a dog, but I just saw that it was Eddie's brother, our dog, and it was Eddie's brother we just hadn't met yet," Denise said.

She thinks Eddie and Sheldon's stories are so similar they are practically brothers, so the had to adopt him. 

On Thursday, 2 Works For You viewers shared Sheldon's story on social media. After being abandoned as a puppy, he spent two years up for adoption through Animal Aid of Tulsa. 

The Taber's spotted Sheldon on Facebook late last week as people shared his story. They applied to adopt him and brought Sheldon home over the weekend. 

Nathan said Sheldon is now enjoying his new backyard and likes having room to play.

"I can't imagine how bad it would feel to be in a cage for two years," he said. 

On Thursday Kelly Brown with Animal Aid of Tulsa said they immediately started receiving calls and e-mails about Sheldon, after his story aired on 2 Works For You. Before Thursday, not a single family showed any interest in Sheldon for two years. 

"Let alone an applications until this story," Brown said. "Then, bam it was just immediate. That first night as soon as you aired that, I didn't even want to go to sleep that night. The applications they were just coming in."

The Taber home appears to be a perfect fit. Sheldon is very shy Brown said because of being abandoned and then waiting to be adopted for such a long period of time. 

Eddie was also abandoned. The Taber's found him and took him in around a year ago.

Now the two are family.

"Eddie is scared of people and loves to play with other dogs. So is Sheldon," Nathan said. "We thought they would be a perfect match to be together. 

Brown said some of the other families that applied to adopt Sheldon are now submitting applications for other dogs, so hopefully his story will lead to more adoptions. A list of other dogs and also cats up for adoption through Animal Aid of Tulsa can be found on their website here.

As summer approaches, Brown said the number of animals up for adoption can sometimes increase. As animals are brought in, medical bills and other expenses are covered by sales at their thrift store near 15th and Harvard.