His determination to survive has finally paid off.
Wall-E, the Oklahoma dog that drew national attention after he turned up alive in a trash bin last winter after an attempt to euthanize him, has finally found a home.
Wall-E has been placed with owners who live out of state and want to remain anonymous. The shelter spent months trying to find the right home for the animal, said Amanda Kloski, veterinarian technician at Arbuckle Veterinarian Clinic in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Kloski began caring for Wall-E in February when he was found alive in a trash bin a day after he was injected twice — once in the foreleg and once in the heart — with a lethal dose of a sedative.
The story of Wall-E’s survival drew intense attention, including an appearance on a network morning show, and at least $1,200 was donated for his care.
In March, Kloski started the process of narrowing down the applicant pool. It took several weeks as Kloski asked detailed questions about previous animal medical histories and spoke with veterinarians.
Kloski said she’s confident the animal has a good home now.
“For some reason I had a complete comfort in picking them,” Kloski said when asked why they were chosen. “They just really stood out.”
She said the couple has taken care of a special needs animal before and all their other animals had exceptional medical histories.
“I feel really good about this couple,” she said. “They can give him what I can’t give him and what a lot of people probably couldn’t.”
Kloski said Wall-E’s story has made more people aware of shelter overcrowding and the need to find homes for stray animals. Overcrowding at the local shelter in Sulphur, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City, still remains a problem, though.
Famed animal artist Ron Burns painted a portrait of Wall-E, with 40 percent of the proceeds of each print sold going toward a new shelter in Murray County, Oklahoma.
“I believe Wall-E is still with us for a certain purpose, and that purpose is threefold — that through his ‘tail’ of miraculous survival, he is here to help his fellow four-legged friends, to remind us all of the importance of animal adoption and to stress the necessity of local spay and neuter programs,” Burns said.