When a post “goes viral” on Facebook, the story behind it often has a simple beginning.
On Monday, March 11, NewsChannel 9 reporter Farah Jadran and photographer Tom Cunningham stopped by the CNY SPCA to do a story about a donation that will become annual for the organization.
While shooting video and interviews, Farah asked the shelter’s humane educator about a few of the dogs up for adoption.
A few of them stood out to Farah, so she snapped a few photos on her cell phone and took down some notes about their backstories.
Later in the day, Farah posted it to her Facebook page in hopes of someone seeing the dog and adopting him.
After a few days, she noticed the shares and comments on the post for “Jack Sparrow” multiplying. As of Friday morning on March 15, the post had been shared more than 900 times.
The nearly 8-year-old male dog has been at the shelter for more than a year.
He was found by CNY SPCA cruelty investigators in a dog-fighting situation where Jack Sparrow was used as a “bait dog.”
Staff and volunteers remain confident he will get a second chance in a quiet home where he is the only pet.
The post garnered so much attention, one person decided to step up and sponsor his adoption fee. Another person responded and bought Jack a memory foam dog bed.
Jack Sparrow is almost completely blind, shows signs of some joint pain and is also undergoing treatment for Lyme disease and heart disease. The shelter says he will need an owner willing to provide vet care as needed for the duration of his life.
As the post continues to be shared — the CNY SPCA tells Farah that the right owner and family is out there and they just need to find Jack Sparrow.
NewsChannel 9 will keep you updated with his adoption status.
To fill out an adoption application for Jack Sparrow, click here. Again, there is no fee to adopt him.