A now-famous shelter dog, aptly named Bat for his uncanny cross-species resemblance, has been successfully adopted after Reddit users took the unusual-looking dog to heart.

Bat the dog became an overnight celebrity after arriving at the North Little Rock Animal Shelter. When a Little Rock resident saw her must-have teeth and ears on Facebook on Feb. 8, they posted a photo of her to the popular “What Is Wrong With Your Dog” subreddit, garnering over 38,000 votes. .

With pointy ears and sharp lower teeth, Bat looks exactly like his namesake. Unsurprisingly, her photo fits perfectly into the Subreddit and is attracting worldwide attention, with some promising to adopt her and others wishing they could afford it.

“Bat was a stray dog ​​who was picked up in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She was detained for five days to give a possible owner time to pick her up. After five days of detention, she was placed in public adoption,” David said. Miles, said the director of North Little Rock Animal Control Newsweek. “We do our best to post photos of our adoptable animals on our Facebook page, NLR Animal Shelter Adoptables. This message somehow made its way to Reddit and bam… our phones went crazy the next morning with people who have inquired about Bat.”

Bats at the North Little Rock refuge.
Rob Winningham

However, it was Rob Winningham and his wife who hit the jackpot and made Bat a permanent member of their family. “We’ve been ‘off the market’ for years since we moved to Arkansas until I came across a picture of the weirdest/loveliest dog, or maybe a cat, I’ve ever owned. never seen! It was on a Facebook group called ‘Toofers’ which has funny pictures of dogs across the country. When I noticed the place I had to stop and find out more,” he said. -he declares. Newsweek.

Winningham had no idea Bat was a Reddit sensation when he visited the shelter the afternoon after work: ‘As we were walking back I was told ‘you know she’s quite famous, isn’t it. I was aware of the Facebook page but found out about Bat’s fame overnight on Reddit! Wow, so I was getting a little nervous.”

“No name tag was needed to identify our target. The bat was in bat mode, displaying its fully extended teeth and ears,” he added. “She watched me in her little covered loft in her concrete cage for what felt like an entire minute.”

Bat’s true canine identity came to light, becoming Winningham’s best friend within minutes. “Bat was glued to my legs throughout our encounter, not venturing more than a few yards before returning to the safety of my ankles,” he explained.

Bat in the car
Bat in the car.
Rob Winningham

After seeing Bat’s popularity both online and in person, with multiple calls and visitors arriving during his visit, Winningham spared no time and “opened his adoption process and got the process started.” .

Now Bat resides with Winningham, his wife, and their dogs and cats, who have formed a “pack” together. His internet fame also continues, with Bat’s popular Reddit posts and even an entire Subreddit following the journey that settles in his forever home.

Sharing the news of the adoption on Reddit, the original poster asked, “Which one of you lucky ones got her? We demand photos.” Winningham agreed and provided just that.

Bat in his new home
Bat in his new home.
Rob Winningham

“We’ve made Bat his own r/MyNameIsBat page to help give updates on his transition and to share Bat’s cute mug with the world,” Winningham said. “We hope to make r/MyNameIsBat a future area for pet adoption to help other dogs, cats or really any animal find a loving new home.”

Winningham aims to promote a cat or dog every Wednesday on the Subreddit, hoping to use the power of social media to transform the lives of other rescues, just like he did with Bat.

“Because of Bat’s online publication, its likelihood of adoption has gone from possibility to inevitability,” he said.

Bat playing outside
Bats playing outdoors.
Rob Winningham