Dog Lost Nose In Fight, Now Hundreds Want To Adopt Him

Dog Lost Nose In Fight, Now Hundreds Want To Adopt Him


It’s the sad truth that most dogs and cats
that end up at shelters only get adopted if potential owners like the way they look. If animals are injured, disabled, old, or
not so handsome, they often get overlooked. But a Puerto Rican dog named Sniffles is actually
his shelter’s most popular pet in spite of his odd appearance. Since Sniffles’ story went viral, requests
to adopt him have been pouring into the animal shelter. Sniffles was abandoned by his previous owner. While living on the street, he became infested
with parasites and embroiled in fights with other stray dogs. The fights left him with a mouth full of crooked
teeth and no nose. Clearly, being a homeless dog is a hard life. But now, Sniffles is a resident at Poodle
and Pooch Rescue in Florida. His unusual story attracted the attention
of local media, who ran a story on the lonely puppy. After it aired, Poodle and Pooch received
more than 100 requests to adopt the dog. Even without a nose, Sniffles is pretty cute. And we give kudos to the person with the dark
sense of humor who gave him the ironic name — since he’s not likely to get the sniffles
any time soon. But his name may be due to the sniffling noises
he makes on a regular basis. He was full of parasites when he arrived in
Florida, including hookworms and whipworms. It took a lot of medical treatment (and he
still has a lot of dental work in his future) but Sniffles is now happy, though he still
needs lots of attention for his health issues. But he’s still looking for his forever home. He actually already had one family here in
the United States, but the placement didn’t last. At the time, Sniffles still needed a lot of
ongoing medical care … and he was determined to run away. The family decided they couldn’t keep up
and passed him over to Poodle and Pooch. The animal rescue center in Central Florida
takes up to 600 stray dogs a year. Sniffles has only been there a couple of weeks. His story aired on Christmas Eve and drew
a lot of attention to the tiny dog. Now, hundreds of people are dying to give
him a forever home. But the person who adopts him needs to be
prepared to give him lots of important medical care. “He’ll need an adopter that is committed
to cleaning his nasal passage twice each day and someone that will give him eye drops each
day for a condition called dry eye,” said Rebecca Lynch, a worker at Poodle and Pooch. “He is full of parasites, both hook worms
and whip worms, indicative of unsanitary living conditions prior to coming into our care. He also tested positive for Ehrlichia, a tick
born disease. We are treating him and he should make a full
recovery.” But Lynch said that in spite of everything
he has experienced, Sniffles is still a friendly dog who enjoys being around people and other
dogs. “Sniffles is a resilient little guy,”
said Lynch. “Despite his past, and after some initial
timid nature and confusion, Sniffles has really started to come out of his shell. While Sniffles look is unique, his story,
sadly, is not. Sniffles is just one of many special needs
dogs that we accept into our rescue every week.” The rescue volunteers are completely smitten
by Sniffles and say that he’s a wonderful dog to be around. While they look forward to him finding a forever
home as soon as possible, they hope that the people who don’t get to adopt him will be
inspired to take in another special needs dog that might not otherwise get adopted. Sniffles’ current foster mother, Genesis
Diaz, also loves the unique little dog. “This morning I woke up and he was at the
edge of my bed, staring at me, and he ran over and did a little twirl and started licking
my face,” said Diaz. Meanwhile, the medical director at Poodle
and Pooch, Michelle Wacker, describes Sniffles as a “precious old man.” She says that all the volunteers at the shelter
are completely wrapped up in him. With any hope, Sniffles’ hard days are behind
him, and he’ll find a forever family in the New Year — one that will be able to
provide all the care that he requires. But just as important as medical care is the
love that this unique puppy needs. With any luck, he’ll also inspire others
to adopt dogs that have special needs. Watch Sniffles in the video below. Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

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