Miranda Morrison, a shelter worker at Animal Ark Rescue in Georgia, had an idea for her best friend, Henry the dog. She put his profile on a dating app!
After Henry was picked by Animal Ark as a stray when he was a puppy, he was on the kill list. He had been at the shelter ever since February 2015, and after spending his third Christmas without a family, Morrison decided to create a Tinder profile hoping that Henry would finally find his perfect match.
“We have a doggie dates program at the shelter where potential adopters can take a dog out on a little playdate to the park or wherever to help see their true personality,” Morrison said. “The dates show people who the dog really is outside of the shelter, so I wanted to encourage local people to go on a date with Henry.”
Morrison set up the profile, complete with Henry’s current “job” and educational experience.
With a smile like Henry’s, it wasn’t long before people started swiping right. “Henry” would then send a personalized message before asking if they’d like to go on a date sometime.
“He’s an amazing dog — super friendly, loves playing and cuddling,” Morrison said. “I would bring him on lunch breaks with me a lot and we’d just hang out together eating chicken nuggets. I fostered him for a while, too. Anyone would have been lucky to have him.”
Much like some humans, Henry didn’t have much luck with the dating app. However, his story went viral, and the adoption inquiries started flooding in.
Alexander Ognibene, a graduate student from Virginia, heard Henry’s story and knew he had to meet him. Luckily, it was a perfect match.
“My older dog passed away last August,” Ognibene said. “So when I heard about Henry, I just knew he was the dog for me. By his description alone, I knew.”
Despite an 11-hour car ride to the shelter, Ognibene met Henry on and brought him home. After three long years, Henry finally had a dad and they bonded instantly.
“I volunteer at animal shelters a lot, but Henry is my first official rescue dog,” Ognibene said. “I almost started crying when I saw him. His personality is just like my old dog who passed away.”
Henry is already settling in well with his new family, which includes two other pups: a 12-year-old Shih Tzu named Lola, and a 9-month-old corgi named Clairee.
“He’s getting along with them greatly,” Ognibene added. “He’s playing very well with them and is really happy.”
It was bittersweet for Morrison to see Henry leave the shelter, she’s excited to hear updates from her friend’s new dad as he continues settling in.
“He was my favorite dog at the shelter,” Morrison added. “I was a little upset to see him go, but I know he’s off to an amazing life.”
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