Grieving man adopts dog who was in shelter for 200 days, changing both their lives

These last months have been hard for everyone, living in the middle of a pandemic is truly scary and a lot of people have lost their loved ones.

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A poor man was going through some hard times, but in the middle of grief he found a sweet pooch who needed someone and they were a perfect match.

A 7 years old pit bull mix named Tonka came to the Orange County Animal Services shelter on April 15.

Even though the pooch had a loving, affectionate and energetic personality the shelter still was having problems to find him a forever home.

Tonka came and went from the shelter for months unable to find a permanent family.

Poor dog spent over 200 days in the shelter, which made him the oldest resident there.

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“He’s eager to score some freedom from the shelter and hopefully land a forever home before the holidays,” Orange County Animal Services wrote.

“Tonka is affectionate and enjoys neck scratches. He was initially fearful in the shelter environment, but has acclimated well. He would do best as the only dog in the home.”

The bad luck followed the poor dog for months, he was adopted and then brought back again for no fault of his own.

Seemed like things wouldn’t go smoothly for the poor dog, I’m in the middle of this another soul was dealing with his own grief.

A 46 years old man, father of four from South Daytona, called Wilfredo Vega lost his mother at the age of 81 in May due to Covid19.

He spent days grieving heartbroken “I didn’t even want to celebrate the holidays, because everything reminds me of her,” Wilfredo told My News 13.

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But then something attracted the man’s attention: a report about Tonka and his situation.

The man was touched and wanted to help that soul in need so drove 90 minutes to Orlando to meet with Tonka in person.

As per reports of My News 13, the meeting didn’t go well since the poor dog was in a bad mood and ripped Wilfredo’s shirt, according to what the poor dog went through this was normal behaviour.

The man almost ended up adopting another pit bull who had a better relationship with him, but again wanted to commit to Tonka and was set to earn his trust even if that would take some time.

The sweet pooch was finally adopted, this time for good.

The dog was a resident at Orange County Animal Services for 216 days, it would take only a few days for him to break records for the animal who lived the longest in the shelter.

“Thank you to the Vega family for giving this handsome boy a chance!” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

Even though their first meeting was challenging now the duo were getting along great.

“He’s been phenomenal,” Wilfredo told My News 13. “I think everything’s going to work out great.”

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And the most precious thing is that they will have each other for holidays, Tonka was just what Wilfred needed to heal.

“Having him, it seems like I’m a little more energized,” he said. “I’m definitely going to be putting up my Christmas tree. I’m definitely going to spend time with the family for the holidays.”

“So, he’s helping me just as much as I’m helping him.”

What a sweet story, we love an inspiring duo.

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