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Finding Forever Homes Across the Country on Aug. 19, 2017

Puppy and Girl, Both Deaf, Become Best Friends



    It was love at first sight for a 9-month-old puppy and 10-year-old girl — both of whom happen to be deaf.

    Walter, a terrier-Chihuahua mix, ended up at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA with four of his siblings in December. It wasn’t long before he caught the eye of a mom who knew she just had to take him home, the "Today" show reports.

    "I remember just looking at him and I just, I knew that he was meant to be ours," said Chrissy, whose daughter Julia is deaf.

    Julia and Walter have developed an inseparable bond and are learning sign language together.

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    Kevin, a teen with autism and cerebral palsy, knew he found a forever friend when he met Yukon, an eight month old great dane, at a kennel. Kevin's mother, Tabatha Branch, said the feeling was mutual.

    "It was really amazing when we got there to the rescue shelter when they brought Yukon back out he immediately just walked up to Kevin and wrapped his arms around and laid his little head on him, it was so precious. It was just like instant," Branch told NBC affiliate WBBH.

    Branch said she believes Yukon would know if her son was going to have a seizure and alert them, adding that the family is happy Kevin has found such a loyal best friend.

    (Published Monday, July 24, 2017)

    "She's learned a whole other kind of love," Chrissy said of her daughter in a video posted on the humane society’s Facebook page. "I think they were both meant to find each other."

    More than 53,000 pets were adopted through the 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.