Smiling Shelter Dog Cheech Now Has a Forever Home


Last month, the internet fell in love with Cheech – the smiling rescue dog from Waller, Texas. Cheech was brought in on a Friday, and the shelter staff immediately posted a photo of him smiling for the camera on the City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue’s Facebook page with a caption that read, “He’s super sweet and knows how to smile when you ask him to.”

We’re happy to report that Cheech is now in a safe and loving home with a woman named Carrie who, according to shelter director Leah Sipe, was selected because she had just lost one of her dogs to cancer.

“I reviewed the applications for Cheech, and one story stood out the most. Carrie reached out to the shelter volunteers and shared her heartbreaking loss with us. She lost her beloved Shepherd to cancer on Friday – since then, her other dog (Dusty, pictured here) has been severely depressed and had not eaten in days,” Sipe wrote on Facebook. “Carrie and Dusty visited Cheech today, and Cheech wanted nothing but to cuddle with her and Dusty. Congratulations on finding your forever home, Cheech. We are very happy that you’re going to the perfect home. Cheech needs this family as much as they need him. Nothing but smiles here today y’all!”

We couldn’t be happier for Cheech! So glad to know his cute smile (seriously, could be any more handsome?) is probably getting even brighter now that he has found his forever family.

The City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue

The City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue was founded by first responders and residents in the city. It’s entirely volunteer and donation-based and is the first no-kill shelter in the city and county. The shelter itself is an old renovated jail that officially opened November 12.

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