(WTVM) - A celebration is in order! PAWS Humane's longest term resident is leaving the shelter and destined for his future "furever" home.
"Maximus came in at one year old and was adopted out quite a few times and returned quite a few times because he is very hyper," says Lindsay Ellis, program outreach coordinator at PAWS Humane.
After 854 days, four-year-old Maximus is being transported to a foster care rescue program in northern Illinois. But he's not going alone. Fifteen other dogs from the Columbus area and 20 others from Valley, Alabama will also be transported up north.
"We had another longterm resident go up there last month named Dukes," says Ellis. "Maximus is actually going to the same foster program that took Dukes. So Dukes just got adopted up there. So we see just how much quicker they get adopted when they go up there."
Maximus, just like many of the dogs being transported tonight, are a hard goodbye for their foster parents.
There will be hugs and kisses as the volunteers load up the van and say their final goodbyes.
A total of nearly 40 dogs are heading to their future of fur-ever homes.