Nobody can imagine how grateful and happy a shelter dog is to find a loving home where he can live a happy life with humans who love him unconditionally.

Meet Russ, a 4-year-old pit bull who found a loving home in the arms of Kayla Filoon, a student who volunteered as a dog walker at ACCT Philly, a Philadelphia animal shelter.Kayla was used to spending time with homeless dogs, but when she met Russ, the sad dog with patchy fur, she knew there was more to him than his rough exterior.

“He came in as a stray, and he was pretty beaten up,” Filoon explained to The Dodo.”He lacked fur on his tail and ears.”He was also extremely thin.He weighed around 40 pounds when he arrived at the shelter.”

Filoon wondered how the sweet dog Russ ended up at the shelter in such bad condition. “He was really cuddly with me, even when we went into the yard,” Filoon said. “He seemed like such a sweet dog, and he didn’t bark at any of the other dogs.”

She quickly organized his adoption papers with the assistance of the shelter staff.”That night, I took him home,” Filoon explained.

Russ took a little while to get used to his new environment, and he quickly fell in love with his new life, especially with his new mom, Filoon. “He always has to be close to me,” she said.

“He’s such a love bug,” Filoon admitted.”I’ll be lying down, and he’ll put his head under my arm or his paw across my chest.”He’ll even sleep on my chest.”
Filoon’s friend took a photo of them and shared it on social media. The image quickly went viral and Filoon hopes the photo will inspire others to help these shelter animals find loving families and new homes.

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