Moro, the chocolate labrador who became homeless after a marriage split, is allowed to return to his family after the landlord had a change of heart.
The much-loved nine-year-old pet had to go into kennels in Tauranga after his owner moved into rental property with her children and pets weren't allowed.
One of the people caring for him, Jan Cooper, set up a Facebook page looking for a home for the dog. The Aucklander which also raised the problems faced by families with pets who try to rent.
Cooper has now changed the Facebook page from 'Moro Needs a Loving Home' to 'Moro Has a Loving Home'.
She posted on behalf of the dog: "Woof woof. Pawsome news! Yes, I am going home! My human mum has managed to get the landlord of her new house to change his mind. The letting agent and the landlord have decided that I am a good dog and I can be reunited with the people I love. I can't wait! Wednesday is the day that I go home. I'm so happy. Wagging my tail like mad!"
Cooper told The Aucklander today that all the time she and the people at Mana Rescue were looking for a home for Moro, his family were still also trying to find a home for him too.
"Despite being told that they were not allowed to have any pets when they moved into the new house six weeks ago, they decided to try appealing again," she says. "His 'mum' wrote a letter to the landlord (via the letting agent) explaining how much hard work was being done to try and find Moro a home, but because of his age and dislike of cats, it was proving very, very difficult."
Moro's owner also told the landlord about the media interest, the Facebook page and how so many people were interested in the dog's predicament.
"She told them how she and her family were distraught and missing him and how much they would love to have him home for his remaining years - and it worked!"
Cooper says the family also had a property check that went well and the landlord obviously realised they were good tenants.
"I am delighted to say she got an email from him on Monday to say that Moro was welcome to live with them. So on Wednesday I will be delivering Moro back to them and I can't wait to see the reunion!"
She says the news had left Moro's caregivers beaming from ear to ear and the family are ecstatic.
In a related poll that ran on The Aucklander site people were asked, Should landlords allow animals? 45 per cent said they should judge on a case by case basis, 27 per cent said yes, because if damage is done to the property tenants have to pay for it anyway, 6 per cent said no, and 20 per cent said landlords can do what they like.
Should landlords allow animals?
This poll ended on 17 October 2012.
They should judge case by case, not have blanket bans
Yes, because tenants pay if damage is done anyway
Landlords can do what they like
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.