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Man abandons his dog at the shelter, but appearances are deceiving

Pitbull hugs his human dad
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Lewis and Titus’ story will move you in every way. It will make you frown, cry, and smile all at once. One thing is for sure, their story won’t leave you indifferent. Lewis Jimenez, after 5 years of loving his rescue pittie, takes Titus back to the shelter he came from, but later surprises everyone.

By Justine Seraphin, 10 Aug 2019

It all began in 2013, in Austin, Texas. Lewis Jimenez visits a local shelter and falls in love at first sight with a beautiful Pitbull named Titus.

A friendship begins

Their connection is instant, so he adopts the sweet pooch right then and there.

Once in their new home together, Lewis and Titus begin to live in complete symbiosis. As if in a fairy-tale, the pair live in perfect harmony together for the next 5 years.

“He’s like my big old kid,” Lewis said. “He’s part of me.”

A heart-wrenching separation

Sadly, this was not to last. Lewis was suddenly told by his landlord that he could no longer keep his dog. If he did, he would be evicted. But Lewis had no other place to go, and no-one to take the dog for him. So, he made the heart-breaking decision to bring his dog back to the shelter he came from.

He assured shelter staff he would be back for his dog. But at first, they doubted what he said.

“From our point of view, we’re not able to hold dogs, because we hear owners say this all the time – that they’re going to come back, but then they don’t,” Jennifer Olohan, communications and media manager at Austin Animal Center, told the Dodo.

But they could see this situation was different. Lewis was clearly distraught at leaving his dog behind. He came back to the shelter regularly to visit him, and every time he left, he was in tears. Meanwhile, Titus did not adapt well to the shelter. His personality changed completely, and he started acting very lethargic.

“The volunteers would make notes like, ‘Titus is not himself’”, said Lewis. “It just made me even more determined to do what I had to do to get him out.”

Work hard, play hard

Finally, four long months later, Lewis found a great home with a yard – perfect for Titus. And dogs were welcome! So he finally went to visit his best friend at the shelter for the very last time…because this time, he was taking him home!

Their reunion was captured by a photographer on the scene, and boy, are they cute! Look at how happy they both are! Staff all around them couldn’t help but cry at the sight of the two best friends reuniting, and we can see why.

We are so happy these two ended up together again. Well done to Lewis for never giving up on his buddy!