Animal Charity of Ohio volunteer Doug Sears has been volunteering at the shelter for more than five years and developed a close relationship with Ceasar the dog

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Caesar
Credit: Animal Shelter of Ohio

After more than five years of dedicated work, one man's mission to get a shelter dog adopted has finally been fulfilled.

The dog, Ceasar, who entered the shelter system in poor shape in 2016, captured the heart of animal rescue volunteer Doug Sears almost instantly.

"I was just afraid that Ceasar might live the rest of his life here and I thought if he is going to live the rest of his life here, he might as well enjoy the rest of his life," Sears says in an interview with WKBN-TV.

According to WKBN-TV, Ceasar arrived at Animal Charity of Ohio five and a half years ago with sores on his body and a difficult case of heartworm.

Caesar
Credit: Animal Shelter of Ohio

Sears, who volunteers at the shelter, spent most of his time with the nonprofit helping Ceasar feel comfortable and tried to find the canine a loving forever home.

After years of giving Ceasar long walks and affection, Sears recently learned that the pet has officially been adopted. The volunteer told WKBN-TV that he is a little sad to lose his time with the sweet pooch but is more excited that the dog found a doting family.

"It's time he goes home and enjoys life on a couch with somebody who loves him," Sears says. "I'm more than excited. I'm just glad I'm not crying. I'm really happy for him."

The volunteer noted that there are still plenty of other pets at the Animal Charity of Ohio looking for homes, some of whom have also been there for years waiting for the right fit.

Those interested in adopting a dog are encouraged to visit Animal Charity of Ohio.

This story originally appeared on people.com