Kayla Filoon is a dedicated volunteer at ACCT Philly, an animal shelter in Philadelphia. She has been walking the dogs at the shelter for an entire year and finds immense joy in the work she does. However, there is one stray dog that has captured her heart, and she shares a unique bond with this furry friend.
When Russ came to ACCT Philly, he was a stray and in terrible shape. He was very skinny, had patches of missing hair, and had obviously been through a lot of physical trauma. On top of all that, he also had kennel cough. When Kayla saw him in his kennel, he looked angry and very unhealthy.
Kayla went out for a walk with the unattractive pup and was pleasantly surprised to see that Russ was quite well-mannered. Unlike other dogs, he didn’t bark or act aggressively, and he even displayed affection towards her. Additionally, Russ seemed to have an understanding of basic commands. This experience prompted Kayla to make the impulsive decision to adopt him the very next day.
Kayla was in a rush to take action as the shelter was facing issues with overcrowding, which posed a threat to Russ’s safety. With a sense of urgency, she completed the necessary paperwork and took Russ home with her the very next day.
In just a short span of less than 14 days, Russ had already settled in comfortably with Kayla. Kayla’s aunt snapped a heartwarming photo of the two cuddled up on the couch, showcasing a happy and content Russ. The image swiftly gained traction on social media, spreading like wildfire due to its sheer preciousness.
Kayla recalled a moment when she was doing her homework on a chair one evening and her pet dog was attempting to snuggle with her. Although there was an available sofa and a bed on the floor, the dog chose to sleep beside her. Kayla couldn’t help but admire the adorable gesture of her furry friend.
She went on to describe how affectionate he is by saying, “He’s like a big cuddly teddy bear. Whenever I’m lounging around, he’ll snuggle up next to me and nuzzle his head under my arm. Sometimes he even puts his paw on my chest or curls up on my chest and falls asleep.”
Kayla thinks the couple in the picture is adorable and wants their image to inspire people to adopt shelter dogs and give them a forever home filled with love.