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 a special connection between them. “ He came in as a stray, and he was really beat up, ” Filoon told The Dodo. “ He was missing fur on his tail and ears. He was also terribly skinny. ” The 20-year-old woman added: “ He was just sitting there calmly, staring at me… And I thought… I need to take him now. ”
Filoon knew she needed to act fast, as recently the shelter had to put 15 dogs to sleep. “ Any dog had a chance of being put down, especially the ones who were sicker, and Russ was definitely one of them, ” said the woman.
So , the next day, she went straight to the shelter and sorted out the adoption papers. “ One night I’ m sitting there on the chair, doing my homework, and he’ s trying to find ways to cuddle with me, ” Filoon said. Her friend snapped a photo, put it on social media – and it went viral. “ He’ s such a love bug, honestly. ”
Filoon hopes the photo will inspire others to adopt shelter dogs.