CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Dozens of dogs were rescued during Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina, and now some are looking for new homes here in northeast Ohio after being shipped to the Cleveland Animal Protective League just a couple days ago.
Marla Pernice and her little girl, Rio, couldn't be more pleased with the four-month old collie mix they met. Hugging the dog, 11-year-old Rio can't contain her emotion.
"Oh, he's just a cute little guy, I love him so much," she said. They're naming him Bobo.
They weren't expecting to find a dog during their first visit, almost exactly a year after their last dog passed. But you can't fight love at first sight, and that means Bobo is off to his new forever home in Cleveland.
He's one of 16 dogs shipped here after Hurricane Matthew left shelters down south overcrowded.
"The Cleveland APL always wants to help when there's animals in need in an emergency," said APL Director Sharon Harvey. She makes it clear getting homes for local dogs is their priority, but, when they can help out in a situation like this, they really like to help. They have many local dogs in the back rooms not ready for adoption yet, leaving a few cages on the adoption floor open for the South Carolina pups.
She says the dogs that came in are all types, all ages, but, they have one thing in common: they were homeless in the first place, and were just displaced from their original shelters by other dogs who got lost in the storm and can potentially be reunited with their South Carolina families.
It makes them that much more special, Harvey adds, saying, "There's always a lot of interest in any animals that come with a story, and I think it really tugs a people's heartstrings."
This makes it especially heartwarming to see dogs like Bobo walk out with their tail wagging. While some of the dogs are ready to go now, a few of them need a few more medical checkups first.
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