It was love at first sight for Gabriel Maldanado.
"I kind of fell for him and told my wife, 'You know, I met this dog today, I think we should adopt him.'"
That dog was Tank, a 6-year-old bulldog living at New York City's Top Dog rescue in the Bronx for the past three years – the longest stay any resident at the rescue has ever had, according to New York's News 12.
The reason the dog has spent half his life looking for a home is very superficial, said Andrew Dymburt, a spokesman for the rescue.
"People are often scared of big dogs," Dymburt shared.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We want to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Hope, a sweet girl who is ready to be someone's loyal companion.
Early last year, Hope was saved from a kill shelter and transferred to a boarding facility by a rescuer. Sadly, that rescuer ran out of money and told the boarding facility that Hope was on her own. The facility contacted the L.A. Animal Rescue, who took her in and is now trying to find the dog a forever hoem.
"I'm very loving, sensitive, polite and appreciative," says her bio. "I think my parents were Dachshund and Staffordshire terriers. I am petite, maybe 35 pounds."
Animal lovers around the world are picking up a needle and thread to help the numerous koalas injured in Australia's recent surge of brushfires.
These good Samaritans are responding to a call for help from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which recently posted a plea for koala-sized mittens on its website.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Holmes, a shy guy living at the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana.
Holmes's heart is nearly as big as he is. Just under 1 year old, this 54-lb. pup is overflowing with love, but lacks confidence. He needs a person to help him out of his shell.
"Holmes is a special puppy – he's very shy, and needs a home with an experienced owner who is dedicated to [his] social development," says stray canine coordinator Tiffany Smith.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Rainbow, a Jack Russell terrier mix currently being fostered in Manhattan through the Best Friends Animal Society – New York.
Last month, Rainbow helped ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange – a sign that her new life was just beginning.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Fiona, a bull terrier mix from the Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey.
Fiona's heart is just as big as her smile. This 18-month-old sweetheart was found tied to a park bench in Atlanta, but clearly her rough start hasn't held her back one bit. Because of her infectious personality and her love of new people, she's a shelter favorite.
"She is the true definition of a best friend," says volunteer Laura Gubitosa. "When she loves you, she is incredibly loyal and will have you smiling and laughing all day long. Just such a joy to be around."
We have a bit of a reputation for shedding a tear or two (or more) when we're reading about pets looking for forever homes.
Just a few weeks ago, she was dumped by the side of the road like trash.
Now, that same neglected dog named Gladys is on the road to recovery – and her story is sure to inspire many this holiday season.
Two days before Thanksgiving, Karen Herrera was out for a morning walk in Fontana, California, and discovered the unimaginable: a little dog in need of serious medical attention, left for dead in a tied-up trash bag.
"She was there inside the bag. She was scared and cold," Herrera told KTLA News. "I patted her on the back of her spine and she started, she was bleeding."
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Humphrey, a senior pup living at the Mitchell Animal Rescue in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Earlier this year, Humphrey was abandoned at a pound and headed for death row. The Mitchell Animal Rescue scooped him up, cleaned him up, and is now working to find the pup a forever home in which he can spend his golden years. Don't let his looks fool you – Humphrey still has lots of energy. If you're not paying attention, he's been known to swipe good food off of a countertop.
"He is healthy and is still a silly, playful puppy," says spokeswoman Megan Luther. "He is housetrained, loves kids and dogs. He is a big, gentle boy, who loves to be with people."