Kiko’s life has been anything but easy. This adorable, sweet, loving dog has been through just about everything that a dog can go through in his life, and it’s one of the saddest stories I’ve ever heard. Kiko is a senior, and a hero. When a man pretending to be a UPS driver tried to break into the home of Kiko and his owner in Staten Island back in 2012, Kiko jumped in front of his owner and took the bullet that was meant for him in his own head. Shot in the head and left for dead, Kiko miraculously survived his injuries and went on to become a national hero. Unfortunately, his owner was then the subject of some hard times and was forced to move.
When he moved, he was unable to take the dog and left him behind, homeless and with nowhere to go even though the dog saved his life. That’s when a local shelter stepped up to take care of Kiko after hearing his story. They looked for a new home for Kiko, but people are not always looking to take in a senior dog. Additionally, they thought that Kiko might be depressed and confused, and it took them several weeks to realize that Kiko is neither; he’s deaf. No one is sure whether or not he lost his hearing in the shooting or if he was born deaf, but now the shelter is better able to communicate with him using touch instead of sounds, and they are making progress getting to know this heroic dog.
A bit reserved, Kiko is still looking for his forever home. The shelter says that he’s a sweet dog of 14, and that he would do best in a house without any other pets or kids, and he cannot handle stairs very well, so he needs a home with minimal stairs or only one story somewhere within two to three hours of New York City, as a home visit is a requirement.
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