Pit bull that courageously saved his owner’s life but later wound up on the streets is now getting a second chance in the shape of a new home.
Kiko, who is now 14 years old, took a bullet for his owner in 2012 during a home invasion when his owner had to relocate and was unable to take Kiko with him. Kiko was left homeless shortly after that. After being taken up by the New York City-based animal rescue organization Mighty Mutts in 2014, Kiko has since been actively seeking out the best possible home.
As Mighty Mutts’ Jill Haynes put it, “We’ve all been very involved with Kiko for the past year and a half; it’s so exciting to see him find his home.” Kiko needs a particularly unique kind of shelter because of his advanced age and hearing loss.
A couple that was convinced they would make Kiko’s ideal family contacted Mighty Mutts after reading about Kiko on The Dodo. On Thursday evening, the couple showed up to pick up Kiko and take him to his expected home. Kiko has a clear sense of excitement.
On the Mighty Mutts Facebook page, Kiko’s new home was announced with the following words: “On Thursday night, he went to a great couple who are completely obsessed on him. They discovered he was the ideal dog for them after reading the widely shared story about him in The Dodo.
As Kiko waited to find his permanent home, Casey Ryan, his foster mother, was a genuine hero to him. Foster families are essential to the care of the pets saved by Mighty Mutts. Casey stated to The Dodo before to Kiko’s adoption that “He’s a great, older, hero dog and he deserves a forever home where he will be pampered and loved unconditionally.”