On a cold and rainy day, New York police officer Michael Pascale became a hero in more ways than one when he crossed…
On a cold and rainy day, New York police officer Michael Pascale became a hero in more ways than one when he stumbled upon a black dog named Joey. While patrolling a public park in his cruiser, he couldn’t ignore the sight of Joey, huddled among discarded needles and broken beer bottles. Joey was in a desperate situation, tied to a fence with a sturdy chain around his neck, drenched by the rain, shivering, and clearly abandoned. The pitiful look in Joey’s eyes tugged at Officer Pascale’s heartstrings, and he knew he had to take action.
Pascale told The Dodo, “The first thing that came to my mind was that I needed to get him out of here.” This led to a heartwarming tale of rescue and adoption that would forever change both of their lives.
Officer Pascale wasted no time and took Joey to the Animal Care Centers of NYC in Brooklyn. While drying the grateful puppy with a towel, a special bond began to form between them. To Pascale, Joey was not just an animal; she saw a soul in need.
Pascale remarked, “I don’t see any animals. I sense a soul. And that’s not something I avoid.” She sent a text message to her spouse with a photo of the abandoned puppy, who replied without hesitation, “Bring him home!” The couple was ready to adopt Joey, with only one obstacle in their way.
Animal Care Centers informed Officer Pascale that Joey had to undergo a mandatory 72-hour hold. This waiting period ensures that even abandoned or mistreated animals have the chance to reunite with their owners. Despite their eagerness to adopt Joey, Pascale and her spouse recognized the importance of this waiting period.
Throughout those long 72 hours, Officer Pascale visited Joey every day, forming an even stronger connection with the sweet dog. Eventually, when the hold on strays was lifted, Pascale kept her promise to Joey by adopting him and pledging to protect him from cruelty and abandonment.
Joey’s transition from a cold and wet stray dog to a beloved family member was complete as he showered Pascale with grateful kisses. They returned home to start a new chapter in their lives together.
Today, Joey enjoys exploring New York City with his father and snuggling on the couch with his mother. Officer Pascale notes that Joey has become quite the “mama’s boy”. While Joey may not be perfect (he occasionally rummages through the garbage and still doesn’t like going out in the rain), he is happy and loved.
In the end, all Joey really wanted was a home filled with love and, thanks to Officer Pascale’s compassion, he found that and more. Joey’s heartwarming journey reminds us of the incredible bond that can be formed between humans and animals, and the transformative power of kindness and rescue.