One family decided to adopt a pit bull puppy they found crying in a shelter in the US.
For Sarah Sleime, a Greater Charlotte SPCA volunteer, the ‘crying’ was genuine.
Sleime was passing through the kennels when she came across the touching scene. “[…] The bitch is sitting in a very human way,” said Sleime. “So I leaned in and started talking to her.”
Sleime could see that the 7-year-old pit bull had recently had a litter of puppies, although the puppies were not with her now. And when the woman spoke to her, the dog’s eyes watered with what appeared to be tears.
While it’s not fully understood whether dogs cry the way people do, Sleime noticed that the pit bull was upset. She was also overweight.
“[Shelter workers] believe she was confined and used as a breeding bitch,” Sleime said. “She had many, many litters.”
Log, Sleime knew he had to do something to help the pit bull, then called ‘Cinnamon’. So she picked up the phone and recorded a video:
“I posted her video on Facebook and, little did I know, it would be viewed 700,000 times on the first day,” Sleime said.
Messages from people all over the world flooded the volunteer’s inbox – countless people wanted to adopt Cinnamon or help find her puppies. But it was Sleime’s friend, Meghan Shelton, who would eventually adopt her.
“I have a special place in my heart for pit bulls,” said Shelton. “I think they are a very misunderstood, misunderstood race. And when I saw her in that video, literally crying in a cage, I cried. My children cried. I showed it to my husband and he said we could go see her the next day.”
The following day, several families lined up at the shelter to meet Canela, but Shelton and his family members were first in line. And when they met her, they fell in love.
“She was super sweet to us,” Shelton said. “They brought her into a room to meet with us, and we just let her relax. My kids were on the floor with her, and she sat on their laps and knocked them down.”
Shelton and her family knew she was unique, so they filled out the paperwork to adopt Cinnamon, whom they renamed ‘Rosie.’ After that, Rosie was sterilized and went to her new foster home the next day.
The Shelton family already had another pit bull – a furry 3-year-old named Blu – and they weren’t sure how Rosie and Blu would react to each other.
“I had no intention of introducing them in the early days,” Shelton said. “I just wanted her to get used to the house and go out for a walk. So we actually brought her to our room with her box full of blankets. ”
“I noticed our male dog was on the other side of the door and was doing the same thing,” Shelton said. “So I asked the kids to put her on a leash, and I put Blu on a leash and we just asked them to go out and meet. It was interesting because you never know what it’s going to be like, but they kind of sat side by side with their tails wagging.
Now Rosie and Blu are acting like they’ve known each other for years, according to Shelton. “I’m working on my desk right now and she’s sleeping at my feet, and… [Blu] is in her place right on the other side of my desk,” she said.
Rosie’s personality is also slowly emerging. “When she gets excited, she snorts like a pig,” Shelton said. “It is so cute. My girls accompanied her to the bus stop this morning, and when new kids arrived, she huffed at them until they came to pet her.”
The Shelton family has only been with Rosie for a few days, but they can no longer imagine life without her.
“It was love at first sight,” Shelton said. “She pulled our heartstrings.”
“I found that many people turned in their pets on Sunday (the day Canela was adopted) before the holiday that CMACC had to euthanize more than 30 animals that day,” Sleime said. “Some people surrendered because they were leaving town and didn’t want to pay to house their animals. [I’m] happy we got it out in time.”