Shelter Dog Has So Many Well-Wishers After Adoption, He Gets More Than 7,500 Facebook Fans

The following story was submitted in the Pawsitively Picture Perfect photo contest. The top three finishers received $500 in cash, as well as $2,000 in cash and supplies for their favorite shelter. To read more stories, click here!

Have you ever seen an animal rescued, nursed back to health, rehabilitated, all on social media, and then never see or hear from them after the adoption? You just hope and pray that they are safe.

PHOTO: MIKE DUENKE

That’s what makes Champ so unique. When I was chosen to adopt him, I was asked if we could start a Facebook page for him so we could give periodic updates to the people who supported him.


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This seemed like a simple request, but, little did I know, it would turn into a 7,600-member juggernaut!

PHOTO: MIKE DUENKE

Champ’s followers named themselves “CHAMPions”. There have been promotions such as hats, t-shirts, coffee mugs, bracelets, Christmas ornaments, coloring books, police K9 vests, not to mention big ticket items like sponsorship or adoption and spay neuter monthly events, and sponsorship of canine/feline apartments in the new animal sanctuary being built right now (along with the photo studio).

His “Fight like Champ” slogan has made him one of the most unique rescues in the history of Stray Rescue. I am very proud of what his unique group has accomplished and proud to be a part of his legacy.

PHOTO: MIKE DUENKE

This story was submitted by Mike Duenke in support of Stray Rescue of St. Louis. To read other stories from the Pawsitively Picture Perfect photo contest, click here!

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