Of all the things working against Padre, time is his most potent adversary.
A video posted to Facebook last week has garnered more than 70,000 views, sparking hope that after waiting for 193 days, Padre would finally find his real home.
"We had thought our phone would be ringing off the hook with families interested in meeting him, but, sadly, Padre is still waiting," Clare Forndran, of Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, tells The Dodo. "It seems that when people see Padre they see work, and they see heartache, rather than seeing the incredible spirit, and the unlimited amount of love and kisses that he has to offer."
But like his strength, hope seems to ebb away with every day he doesn't find a family.
Thankfully, at Dog Tales, he's among friends. Padre goes on daily walks, even if he needs a little help staying on his feet.