"I approached everyone I could to inquire about adopting her," Chickos told The Dodo. "They must have thought I was nuts because I was such a pest."
Chickos went home that evening and made Nikki a care package of toys, treats and ear covers that she knitted to keep the puppy's ears warm as they healed.
"Seeing an innocent animal inflicted with such intentional and barbaric suffering, it just ripped my heart out," Chickos said. "The pictures of her just before surgery, with her ears dead and dangling from her head, was unbearable. When I looked into her brown eyes, I saw a soul that is so special, it is almost unworldly."
A week went by, and the shelter called with some happy news. "Congratulations, it's a girl!" they said, explaining that her care package won them over.