It was October last year when the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter took Toro in. That happened after the pup was found while chained to an abandoned house’s fence. Based on the rescuers’ observation, Toro lived outside his whole life. So, they thought it might take a little while for Toro to warm up to his new surroundings.
According to the shelter’s kennel and placement supervisor, Melissa Fogarty, Toro was so nervous and shut down when he arrived. Eventually, the pup became more comfortable with the people around him. However, he was still a little nervous in the shelter setting.
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Although he was anxious, Toro clearly had lots of love to give. Soon, he started to show his friends at the shelter how much that love was when he began giving them hugs.
Melissa was one of the first people who took Toro out to walk and socialize when he came into the shelter. According to her, Toro started hugging them about 15 minutes since she let the pup loose in their play yard. He suddenly crawled up to Melissa, climbed on her lap, and pressed himself against her chest.
Toro’s hugs grew from there, and now he hugs all of his shelter friends. Whenever he comes out of his kennel, the first thing that Toro would do is embrace the one walking him and those who come in contact with him.
In January, Toro was adopted. A week later, his owner, unfortunately, returned him to the shelter because they were not a good fit. For now, Toro is still searching for his perfect forever family whom he will love and give his hugs to for the rest of his life.
Toro fits best in an adult-only home whose owners can offer him lots of structure and continued training. He is also yet to learn about the use of a crate and basic house rules. It would be best if Toro would be the only pet in his new home. With so much love and hugs to give, Melissa and the rest of the staff hope that Toro will soon find his forever home.
Credit: Toro (the homeless hugger)