"Rusty", a Sheltie/Chow mix, was first picked up by Oak Brook police last September. Before that, he made a lot of friends in the Forest Glen subdivision and on the corporate campus of Follett Higher Education.
The Hinsdale Humane Society has been caring for him for months.
Rusty was treated for heartworm and is still getting used to close contact with people. His friends gathered Friday morning to say goodbye and wish him well on his journey.
"He's had his freedom," said Jenny Vlazny, Hinsdale Humane Society. "He's able to make his own decisions for foru years, you know, come and go as he pleased, yeah, and we took all that away from him, but at Best Friends he's gonna get the best of both worlds."
Rusty's friends even created a trust fund to pay for admission to the sanctuary.
The Hinsdale Humane Society's operations manager is driving Rusty to Utah.