Of course, it wasn't Romeo's fault he ended up a number at a shelter. He had been bounced around a lot.
"He was given to a family friend who kept him for two months, but they did not have time for him," Kelcy Kimmerer of Second Chance tells The Dodo.
But just as the clocked ticked down its final moments, his kennel door opened.
Living up to its name, Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs hauled him out of there. It was the only rescue group that stepped up to save the terrified dog. And soon, Romeo was placed with a foster family.