Sheryl Smith has been rescuing and rehoming animals for years, and tends to gravitate toward the ones everyone else has given up on. When she first heard about Shiro, a partially blind and deaf dog who’d been in two shelters and 12 foster homes, and had been adopted and returned four different times, she knew she had to help him. His anxiety was crippling, and Smith quickly decided she and her family would adopt him themselves so he would finally know what it felt like to have a forever home.
“He was a handful but everyone else had given up on him and we weren't prepared to do that too,” Smith, who adopted Shiro in 2018, told The Dodo. “He still to this day cries in the car because he thinks he's being dropped off somewhere else.”