Animals have distinct personalities, and a small dog dropped off at a Texas animal rescue proves that beyond any shadow of a doubt. The City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue rescues animals from the city pound after the "72-hour stray hold" time expires.
Rather than allowing the animals to be euthanized after the 72 hours, people within the city began the rescue so they could live. The shelter, which opened in late 2017, is run by volunteers and funded by donations. Once the stray hold time finishes, the animals go to the rescue where they receive love, care and affection until a family decides to adopt them. Cheech, one of the rescue dogs, made his adoption process a walk in the park.
Leah Sipes, a police officer who volunteers at the rescue, checked on Cheech and discovered a puppy with a cheeky grin. She called for the other volunteers to share the joy. In an interview with The Dodo, Sipes says, "They thought I was insane and that he was snarling. When I stuck my hand in the cage, I thought they were going to pass out. He's as friendly as can be!"
Sipes took a number of pictures and posted them on the shelter's Facebook page in hopes of finding him a happy home. The pictures went viral with more than 7,000 shares. Today reports that dozens of people applied to adopt this happy dog.
Sipes settled on a woman named Carrie who had just lost a dog to cancer. Her other dog, Dusty, had stopped eating and was suffering severe depression over the loss of his companion. Carrie and Dusty visited Cheech at the shelter, and according to Sipes, "Cheech wanted nothing but to cuddle with her and Dusty. Cheech needs this family as much as they need him. Nothing but smiles here today y'all!"
Little did Cheech know his smile would find him a family.