Dozens of people lined up at the Tony LaRussa Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Northern California the morning Leonardo the Mastiff was eligible for adoption, according to KGO-TV.
Some wanted to apply to adopt him. Others wanted to see the celebrity dog whose story had been featured on local news and Facebook to make sure he got a good home.
Leonardo had been tied with a cord and left in a bathroom for weeks with two little buddies, a Chihuahua and a cat, when the owners moved to Las Vegas. The three, obviously with strong bonds, survived by drinking water from the toilet (a beverage of choice for many dogs), but all were emaciated when they were rescued.
The two little guys found homes quickly in Southern California where they had been abandoned, but a 108-pound Mastiff isn’t for everyone. Many are intimidated by the size.
With his time coming to an end, he was brought north to ARF where his story was featured in the local media.
Terry and Sandy O'Connor who were selected to take Leonardo home had previously owned a Mastiff. Like a rock star Leonardo and his new owners made the evening TV news.
"He's a very, very gentle dog," O’Connor said about Leonardo. ”He made himself right at home ... He could not wait to make friends with the cat. The cat loves him."
Not only did Leonardo find a good home, but he attracted people to ARF. Almost twice as many animals were adopted than during a typical weekend.
Rock on, Leonardo!