Cupid watched as his family packed up, loaded boxes into their car, and drove away. He didn’t know what happened or why he wasn’t invited to join them.
All he knew was that this was his home. He hopes that if he waits long enough, his family will return.
Neighbors called Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, to report a dog sleeping on the porch of a home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “I’ve just been told that his owner moved out and left him behind,” Guido told The Dodo. “I asked a few other people if they knew anything about the dog and they just said, ‘They moved.’”
Guido finds Cupid eating in a dumpster, but when she tries to approach him, he runs back to his safety. He jumped wildly, scratching at his door – begging to let him in.
This small gesture broke Guido’s heart.
Guido tries to convince Cupid to eat, but the nervous dog rushes up.
After chasing the dog in the alley for 30 minutes, Guido finally figured out how to gain his trust. All she had to do was tell him it was going to be alright: “It sounds stupid, but I swear he knew what I said to him,” Guido said. “He literally came over and sat down and asked me to tie his belt.”
Throughout the drive home, she kept explaining what happened to Cupid.
Since arriving at the rescue scene, Cupid has been slowly adjusting to the new environment.
“He’s been the loveliest gentleman since he came to the rescue,” Guido said. “You could tell he was still confused. But he was happy to see everyone wagging their tails.”
Once Cupid has completed all his veterinary exams, he will be ready to start searching for his forever home. Guido is optimistic that Cupid’s luck will soon change.
“I don’t think it’ll be difficult to find because he’s the sweetest guy,” Guido said.
The loyal dog is willing to wait as long as it takes for the perfect family to appear, as he has already demonstrated.