Back at the nursing home, which specializes in caring for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia, the lost dog was given a place to live alongside its nearly 100 live-in residents as Sue continued to try to track down Rusty's owner, but to no avail. It became clear, however, that Sue's gesture of kindness not only gave the friendly dog a new home -- it gave him a purpose as well.
Rusty soon established himself as the nursing home's resident pet, bringing happiness and comfort to seniors who needed it the most.
"He has made a huge difference. Oftentimes, they don't get visitors. But with Rusty though, if he walks by them and someone holds out their hand, he will stop and go closer to them to get petted," says Sue.
"He has many different names because the residents say, "Hey Brownie" or "Hey Misty" -- probably whatever name their dog had. If somebody is sad and they're sitting quietly, sometimes he'll just go to them."
But the former stray's positive influence doesn't end there. Despite having no training, Rusty has shown a remarkable aptitude as a therapy animal, just by being himself.