He was at the Animal Welfare Society for 1522 days, and now he's got a bright future with his brand new family.

It was a massive social media campaign over the holiday that included videos from the Animal Welfare Society and KICKS 105.5, Facebook posts -- heck Elmer even had a billboard in Times Square -- and now we're so happy to announce that Elmer has found his forever home with a father and son from Rhode Island.

So I guess it's safe to say that Elmer will be spending lots of time running along the beach. His adopters caught one of the videos on social media and they fell in love instantly.

Elmer's Christmas wish finally came true this year, and we're going to miss him, and I'm sure he'll miss the great staff at the Animal Welfare Society too, but he's not looking back after spending nearly five years at the shelter.

Thanks to everyone who helped in the search for a home for Elmer. After all this time, it's great to see him so happy as he gets set to start a new chapter in his life with his new family in Rhode Island.

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