Left to ʟᴀɴɢᴜɪsʜ in shelters in favor of “designer dogs” and purebreds, these loving canines never get the chance they deserve at a real-life or home. Speck will get his happy ending, but plenty of loving dogs just like him do not.
Meet Speck’s – the pup sees someone approaching, he pushes his face between the metal bars and reaches out his paw without stopping to say, “Hi.”
“All he wants is people love,” Desiray Miracle-Wilder, the shelter’s director, told. “He will reach his little handout and he just wants you to touch him and hold his hand. And he’s so sad when you walk off to finish cleaning or whatever you have to do.”
Speck has sat unnoticed in a small kennel in the Alabama shelter for a year and a half waiting for a family to choose him. He always reached out and tried to touch everyone who walked by. Amazingly, there were no takers. And while he’s fine around other animals, it’s people’s attention he really craves.
“You could put anything else around him — another giant dog, a cat, but he is just so fixated on getting love from people that he doesn’t care about anything else,” Wilder said.
Speck wants nothing other than to have a human of his own to cuddle with and give him some much-needed affection. “He just wants you to touch him,” she added. “If you sit down, he’s laying on you, if you hold his hand, he’ll hold your hand, if you scratch his belly, he’ll roll over.”
Early in April, Wilder couldn’t take it anymore — she needed to find a home for this worthy boy (she has dozens of foster animals herself but still makes time to play with Speck). Hoping to drum up some interest in Speck, she posted the video on her Facebook page, and the clip quickly went viral, gaining 96,000 views in just a few days.
Speck’s video caught the attention of Allie’s Hope For Paws Dog Rescue, who helped connect the shelter dog with an amazing adopter.
“He will be running on a 26-acre farm with Mike, his family, and two fur brothers!” Wilder said. “We are so excited. Not only did Speck get adopted due to this video of his cuteness but he also helped a few other fur babies get rescued and he got us some food donations!”
Now, Speck is waiting for transport so he can finally meet his forever family!