Watch Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy welcome adopted dog into family

Posted at 10:46 AM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 17:21:22-04

Detroit Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy's family just got a little bigger. Van Gundy, along with his wife, and teen daughter met Eastwood, their new adopted dog, Tuesday at the Harbor Springs Animal Shelter in northern Michigan. 

Eastwood, a special needs Labrador retriever mix, gained national attention last week after he was the last dog left at the shelter following a statewide "Empty the Shelters" pet adoption day. 

Once word got out about Eastwood, the shelter was flooded with adoption requests, but one request in particular, rose to the top. 

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“If it were not for Empty the Shelters, our family would not have seen Eastwood. We always believe our animals find us," said Stan's wife, Kim Van Gundy.

"Empty The Shelters" is a free adoption event sponsored by BISSELL Pet Foundation. It helped 1,571 pets from 66 shelters (69 locations) throughout the state of Michigan find their forever homes in one day.

“We are so grateful to the Van Gundy family for the awareness they are bringing to adoption and for opening their hearts to make a difference that will change Eastwood’s life forever,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. 

Eastwood was born with leg deformities, and although surgery is not recommended at this time, operations costing upward of $4,000 may be needed in the future, according to the shelter.