When Kayla Filoon, a student who volunteers as a dog walker at an animal shelter in Philadelphia, saw Russ the pit bull for the first time, she knew there was an unusual connection among them. “He came in as a stray, and he was really beaten up,” Filoon told The Dodo. “He had lost all his fur on his tail and ears. He was also dreadfully skinny.” The 20-year-old woman added: “He was just sitting there peacefully, gazing at me… And I thought… I need to take him now.”
Filoon knew she needed to act quickly; recently the shelter had to put 15 dogs to sleep. “Any dog had a chance of being put down, particularly the ones who were sicker, and Russ was unquestionably one of them,” said the woman.
So, the next day, she went straight to the shelter and arranged out the adoption papers. “One night I’m sitting there on the chair, doing my homework, and he’s trying to find ways to snuggle with me,” Filoon said. Her friend took a snapshot, put it on social media – and it went viral. “He’s such a love bug, honestly.”
Filoon hopes the photo will motivate others to adopt shelter dogs.
When Kayla Filoon, a volunteer dog walker at a shelter, saw Russ the pit bull for the first time…
She knew they will be together. “He was so badly beat up when he came in as a stray.”
“He was missing fur on his tail and ears. He also looked very skinny”
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