The coronavirus pandemic helped a dog with inoperable cancer to find owner

A pit bull named Toretto was picked up from the streets of the California city of El Centro four years ago by employees of the nonprofit animalrescue organizationHumane Sociiety oImperial Countyy.

During this time, the good-natured and sweet dog did not manage to find the owners. But then the coronavirus came, and in the United States, the number of people who wanted to pick up abandoned dogsfrom shelter incrreased dramatiically.

In addition, the situation of the shelters themselves leaves much to be desired. The faltering economy has taken its toll on them. Among those who wanted to do a good deed and help shelters cope with the crisis was 52-year-old televisionproducer MichaelLevitt.

He watched several online videos about the pets kept by the HumaneSociety ImperialCounty. When he learned the story of the nine-year-old Toretto, he immediately called the shelter. The staff reported that the dog had inoperable nose cancer, but this news did not scare Michael away – on the contrary, he wanted to help the dog even more.

“The three most undesirable categories for foster families are pitbulls, seniordogs and dogs with special needs,” Michael told “Toretto was a combination of everything, but he was so cute in the video that he won my heart. I decided, “Why not?” We are all at home now and we will have time to take care of the dog.”

On March 21, the man brought Toretto home, where Michael’s partner and two other dogs, Trooper and Nelson, were waiting for him. The meeting went perfectly. The pit bull turned out to be very friendly and immediately joined the team. Trooper and Nelson also did not show any aggression – as if they knew that the dog really needed a family.

Michael, without delaying a minute, started looking for a clinic for Toretto. He has already made arrangements to startmadiation therapysoon to treat his cancer. According to Michael, he not only provides help, but also receives it in full in return. “I have been suffering from anxiety and obsessive desires for a long time, and this is no less serious than a pandemic,” he says. “Caring for someone and being able to focus on someone is as important to me as a new home for Toretto.”

He encourages people to consider adopting a dog from a shelter. Older animals like Torrento, he says, are even better than younger dogs – they are “older and wiser and easier to get along with.”

“Dogs are a huge help during this challenging and scary time when we are all worried about our future,” he adds.

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