When twenty-year-old Kayla Filoon, a volunteer dog walker at an animal shelter in Philadelphia, saw Russ the pit bull for the first time, she knew there was something special.
“ He came in as a stray, and he was really beat up, ” Filoon said . “ He was missing fur on his tail and ears. He was also terribly skinny. They told me he was about forty pounds when he came into the shelter. ”
“He was just sitting there calmly, staring at me, ” Filoon added. “And I thought, he is adorable! I need to take him now. ”
When Filoon came back later to check on Russ, the dog had barely moved.
“ He was sitting in the same position that he was before, just being quiet while the other dogs were barking and causing commotion, ” Filoon said.
She set out on a walk with him, andit only took about five minutes for her to fall in love.
She also discovered that Russ knew basic commands like sit, down, and stay, which made her think he used to belong to someone.
After the walk, Filoon reluctantly put Russ back into his kennel and then went to call her mom.
“I told her, ‘I think I need to adopt a dog tomorrow, ‘” Filoon said. “My mom thought I was kidding, because I always fall in love with the dogs that I take out it’s hard not to. So she didn’t really believe me, but there was something about Russ. ”
The shelter was overcrowded at the time, and it recently had to euthanize about fifteendogs, which made the situation urgent for Filoon and Russ.
“ Any dog had a chance of being put down, especially the ones who were sicker, and Russ was definitely one of them, ” Filoon said. “ He had kennel cough. ”
Filoon had class the next day, but as soon as she finished, she rushed back to the shelter and took Russ out for a car ride.
“ He just sat in my passenger seat, ” she said. “ I thought, ‘ He’ s the perfect dog. ‘”
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