A dog born with a rare birth defect had waited a long time for an adoption that never came. It turns out the wait was worth it—he was the perfect match for a little girl born with the same condition.
An animal shelter in San Francisco had rescued the eight-year-old tan Chihuahua, but no one wanted to adopt him. He was born with a condition that prevents bones in the hands or feet from fully developing.
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After finding no homes, shelter workers thought maybe he would be a perfect match for a human family dealing with the same birth defect, so they began searching among support groups for people with Ectrodactyly.
They finally found seven-month-old Grace, who lives in Indiana—the perfect match.
A volunteer at the Umbrella of Hope shelter traveled with the little dog halfway across the U.S. to his new home yesterday.
“At the heart of this all, is love and dedication,” Umbrella of Hope wrote on its Facebook page. “The love and dedication of a special family, meeting the love and dedication of a special animal rescue group.”
This is not the first time we’ve seen special adoption matches for special needs pets and humans. In January, a toddler whose left arm was amputated from a rare form of cancer was paired with Holly the 3-legged kitten that survived a terrible arm injury, leaving her with just three paws. Truly these examples are both matches made in heaven.
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