When you’re looking for a dog to adopt, you generally have some sort of guideline in mind. Size, coloring, breed, temperament, energy level and appearance are all important factors.
So when there’s a pup like Sniffles who comes along, it can be a little difficult to find someone to take him in. In a lovely turn of events, instead of meeting someone else’s ideals, he has created his own, and now hundreds are offering to adopt this fluffy, little, old dog.
What sets Sniffles apart? Well, he’s a 12-year-old dog missing a rather central feature: his nose. Best as Poodle and Pooch Rescue can put together, Sniffles lost his nose in a fight when he was on the streets in Puerto Rico.
“Sniffles was once a stray in Puerto Rico, rescued by an amazing group known as Rabito Kontento (Happy Tails),” the rescue wrote on Facebook. “Sniffles needed extensive treatment after he was attacked by other stray dogs that were much larger.”
“He suffered from multiple injuries and bite wounds and lost his nose during the attack. After three surgeries, lots of recovery time and loads of TLC, Sniffles was adopted to a home in Florida with the hopes that the states would offer better veterinary care.”
But Sniffles’ troubles were far from over even after getting to Florida. Probably because of his days as a stray, the open road called to him and he continued to escape from his new owner.
“We’ve determined that while his adoptive family loves him, it just isn’t the best home for this special needs little guy,” the rescue admitted.
Once news outlets got wind of Sniffles’ past, his story was spread far and wide. As a result, the rescue has stated that they’ve received an overwhelming number of inquiries, and now the dog they were worried wouldn’t find a home has dozens of potential adopters.
“This old boy has swept the nation and his ‘tail’ has gone viral!” they wrote. “We are now working with Rabito Kontento to obtain his medical history and to make sure that this sweet fellow finds the best home possible to live the rest of his life.”
“We are sorting through the 200+ emails, voice messages, social media inquiries and applications to determine the absolute best and most suitable home for Sniffles. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and heartwarming.”
With Sniffles enjoying his newfound stardom, the rescue is asking that people consider adopting a different dog in need or donating to the rescue.
“Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your desire to help, your kindness and your generosity. -The PPR Team.”
Thanks to his heartstring-tugging story and the power of the media, this little guy will be settled in his new home in no time.
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