At first they offered to take her home temporarily — with the aim of helping her get adopted by someone else.
“I thought, ‘What would happen to the dog if no one picked her up?'” Darvish, who speaks Japanese, said through an interpreter, according to Fox.
But that intention didn't last long. By the time the couple left with Sage, they were committed to keeping her for good.
"Proof that being a foster pays off. All the hard work, love, and endless amount of emotion I poured into Sage, and here is my thank you," Edington wrote on Instagram. "I am beyond grateful for this man, who simply saw a desperate tweet for help, and within the hour contacted me."
Shannon Glenn, executive director of the nonprofit My Pit Bull Is Family
, tells The Dodo she hopes that Sage's high-profile adoption will help other pups find homes of their own.