(CELEBRITY PETS/DOG ADOPTION) Country music star Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline recently gave a senior dog a new leash on life after adopting an 18-year-old rescue named Poochie into their home.

Poochie was deemed a “forever hospice foster” at Proverbs 12:10, a Nashville-based animal rescue, until the singer read about him on social media and decided to step in and save the senior pup.

Read on to learn more about the heartwarming adoption story and how this senior dog is living out his golden years. — Global Animal

People, Kelli Bender

Life is starting to shine for a rescue dog in his golden years.

According to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue in Nashville, Tennessee, their 18-year-old shelter dog Poochie recently went home with Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline.

“After reading about Poochie on our social media, Luke Bryan and his beautiful wife, Caroline applied and adopted Poochie this past Saturday!” the rescue wrote on Facebook about the adorable adoption.

Before the Bryans spotted Poochie online, the senior dog was living in a foster home due to an owner surrender.

“We pulled 18-year-old Poochie from a shelter after his family surrendered him due to becoming allergic. We often step in and pull seniors, sickly and injured animals who are likely to be overlooked,” Lavonne Redferrin, Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue’s director and founder, told PEOPLE.

Redferrin added that the rescue planned to keep Poochie in a “forever foster home where we would take care of all of his needs for the rest of his life,” but then the Bryans expressed interest and sent in an adoption application with “impeccable” references.

“We are so thrilled for Poochie and know he is in great hands. Caroline Bryan has graciously given us updates on our sweet boy. Their adopting this sweet old guy will allow us the chance to save yet another,” the rescue’s founder said, adding that she knows “there is a song somewhere in this story.”

The new dog of an animal-loving family, Poochie now lives with other dogs, cats, chickens, goats and more at the Bryans’ Tennessee farm.

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