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A Pair of Special Dogs Highlight an August of More Than 500 Lives Saved

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Tori and Dean are living proof that things are better in pairs.

The young dogs, who formed an unbreakable bond in the past year, were rescued by one of North Shore Animal League America’s rescue partners in Kentucky. In August of 2016, they arrived at our campus via one of our out-of-state transports after spending almost the entire first year of their lives in the same home. Not only was this bonded pair too cute for anyone to resist, but they had a unique story that made them even more irresistible.

Tori, an adorable Terrier mix with a smile that would melt the polar ice caps, had a difficult start to her life. Born blind and with a severely deformed front left leg, she was forced to learn how to navigate through life without the use of one of her major senses and an impairing physical handicap. Thankfully, the young pooch was taken in by a family that did all they could to help her flourish into a happy, well-adjusted dog. One of the ways they helped Tori was by introducing her to Dean, another small dog, whose warm, welcoming demeanor helped her feel more secure with her surroundings. The two youngsters grew inseparable, with Tori relying heavily on Dean to help her get around and do things, like eat, drink, play, and of course find a cozy spot to relax when she needed to rest her legs.

But just when it seemed like this dynamic duo was in the ideal place, life threw Tori and Dean a cruel curveball. The loving family that once provided them with a responsible, loving home and allowed them to forge such a strong bond, was forced to give them up because of a sudden financial hardship. That’s when the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization and the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund in Ashland, KY., stepped in to help find these two dogs the second chance they so desperately deserved.  

“I’m so thrilled that Tori and Dean found a home together! I had an opportunity to follow up with the adopter shortly after they were taken home and I’m certain they are going to be spoiled in every sense of the word,” said Cindy Szczudlo, Animal League America Senior Manager of Rescue Services. “It was truly a group effort to get these two adopted so quickly as a bonded pair. The social media team did a Facebook Live stream, the web team posted a little write up with one of Ellen Dunn’s awesome photos, and even Beth Stern [Animal League America Foster parent, Volunteer, National Spokesperson], who got wind of their story, posted about them on her Instagram page. It didn’t take long for these two to be scooped up by a loving family.”

There’s no question that Tori and Dean were near and dear to everyone’s hearts here at Animal League America, but our efforts to rescue, nurture, and adopt every companion animal that comes to our Port Washington, N.Y. campus never waivers. Thanks to our ever-expanding national and global reach, we were able to save the lives of more than 500 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in the month of August. Animals from overpopulated areas of the country like Arkansas, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Upstate New York, etc., were all rescued by local rescue groups and then transported to Animal League America’s campus by way of our state-of-the-art climate controlled Mobile Rescue Units. Our Humane Relocation Program allows us to rescue hundreds of homeless animals each month from municipal shelters, commercial breeding facilities, and other circumstances that would otherwise never allow for these animals to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

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