Buddy, the dog who made national news after being abandoned with a note, has a new home.

Buddy, the dog who made national news after being abandoned with a note, has a new home.

Geneseo graduate Sara (Schoon) Hogan and her husband, Aaron, were selected from more than 20 applicants to be Buddy’s new owners.

On Sunday, May 21 a volunteer dog walker for the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo, spotted Buddy crammed in a too-small cage at the new animal shelter, which is under construction and unoccupied.

A note accompanied the dog stating his name was Buddy and that he’d outgrown the apartment where he was living.

The Geneseo Republic ran a story in the May 26 issue and the story appeared on both the Republic’s Facebook page and the animal shelter’s Facebook page.

From there, Buddy’s plight spread like wildfire. It was featured on local television stations as well as on People magazine’s online site and on “The Today Show.”

Sara said she first learned about Buddy when she saw his story on the Republic’s Facebook page.

She shared the story with her husband, Aaron. The two had been looking for a second dog to join their Maltese poodle mix, Yogi.

“The story tugged at our heartstrings,” said Aaron.

Sara said she couldn’t believe the dog had been abandoned, especially after she saw “his cute little face.”

She immediately filled out an application and submitted it to the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo.

The couple lives in Chatham, near Springfield. Aaron works from home and Sara is a teacher. Knowing she’d be on break during the summer made June the perfect time to adopt a new dog.

“We have the time this summer to really work with Buddy,” said Sara.

After submitting their application, the Hogans and their dog, Yogi, made the trip to Geneseo for a meet-and-greet with Buddy.

The couple wanted to see how the two dogs would react to each other. “They were best friends at first sight,” said Aaron.

Though the Hogans had met Buddy, humane society officials still had to make a final decision on which applicant would receive Buddy.

Geneseo shelter manager Tracy Diehl contacted veterinarian references for each applicant and made sure any existing animal in the applicant’s house was up-to-date on its vaccines.

On Friday, June 2, the Hogans received a phone call from Diehl.

“She said, ‘Congratulations, you’re getting a big baby boy,’” said Sara, adding she and her husband “were both so excited.”

“He’ll be a good fit for our family,” said Aaron.

On Tuesday, June 6, the couple traveled to Geneseo to finalize adoption paperwork and officially assume ownership of Buddy.

“I can’t wait to see him out running around in our backyard,” said Sara.

“We have toys and bones ready for him to play with as soon as we get home,” added Aaron.