That was the heartbreaking plea made on behalf of pit bull mix pup Chester, who has spent five years living New York animal shelters, awaiting a new home.
Six-year-old Chester looked set to spend another year at the North Fork Animal Welfare League in Long Island until manager Gabby Stroup posted this emotional cry for help on the shelter’s Facebook page.
The sign, which Chester is pictured wearing around his neck, read: ‘Why doesn’t anyone want me? I’ve been waiting 5 years.
‘Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me?
‘I promise to be good and love my new family. Please maybe you are my new family. I sit and wait for you to come.’
Coupled with Chester giving full-beam puppy dog eyes, last week’s appeal proved impossible to turn down for dog-lovers. The picture has now been shared over 20,000 times and people from around the world have been in touch offering to adopt him.
Turns out, a lot of people wanted him.
Gabby said: ‘It was crazy. I posted the original photo on the League’s Facebook page and by later that day there were over 6000 shares.
‘People called from Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan, Oregon, New Jersey Wisconsin, Nova Scotia, Australia and more — people were tearing up as they called,’ she added.
Within two days, Chester had found his adoptive family.
Dana Dor, her husband Adi, and their boys, Aidan and Brandon came to collect him and take him to his new home in Long Island’s Lake Ronkonkoma.
Once they’d met him, Adi says they couldn’t leave without him. ‘We saw him and we felt connected. It was meant to be,’ he admits.