Local good boy has found a home

Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 4:03 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - One local good boy has finally found himself a place to call home.

Northeast Arkansas Humane Society announced on Facebook Saturday that Wendell Parker has been adopted.

The Facebook post received overwhelming excitement.

“Thank you so much for your support. We are blessed to add this sweet boy to our family,” said Angelina Mayville, who adopted Wendell.

According to the organization, beefy wiggle butt ‘Wendell Parker’ was officially brought into their facility after almost two years of their volunteers and Jonesboro Animal Control (JAC) checking up on the dog and looking after his wellbeing.

Region 8 News previously reported that Parker was at JAC and that employees were trying to find his true owners. That plan has since been abandoned and NEAHS has taken over.

“We’re going to do what is right for Wendell when it comes down to it,” exclaimed JAC in a recent Facebook post. “The day has come.”

Parker’s mug has been posted to JAC’s public Facebook page as part of their protocol for unclaimed animals. It has been shared over 300 times and has garnered over 600 reactions.

The precious pooch was best known for hanging out around the Wendy’s location on Parker Road, hence his name. He had also been spotted in other areas of town, including along Southwest Drive.

Based off a 2022 post from Northeast Arkansas Human Society (NEAHS), Parker has been making his rounds to his favorite eating spots and grabbing attention from whomever is willing to oblige. Some of his favorite places to go also include Exxon, Kum and Go, and Domino’s.

JAC and NEAHS have been working together since he first appeared to make sure he gets a monthly dose of necessary medicine. Some have tried to catch him in the past, but Parker has eluded them each time.

“He has taken notice of animal control trucks and familiar faces that have tried to catch him, and he barks and runs, even at the sight of a leash,” NEAHS’s post described. “He does love the occasional nose pet with food but that is as far as you will get.”

JAC gave a special shout out to Officer Early for “going into stealth mode on this one” and finally catching Parker.

“Pretty sure you leveled up,” JAC told Early.

If you would like to keep up with Wendell, Mayville said they plan on making him his own Facebook page.