When Kristina Helfer first met Tito four months ago, she was nearly in tears.
The 16-year-old Chihuahua was blind. He could hardly breathe and couldn’t move his back legs. He had an infected mass on his back end and was constantly wheezing. His owner unfortunately fell sick and family members were unable to care for him, so he was brought to a shelter in New York City.
“It was terrible,” Helfer, the adoption and foster coordinator for Wise Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. “He kept having to cough and move his head around to breathe.”