Dog being a mum to cats
Sherio the dog is a good boy. But the blind and deaf puppy has had a hard time trying to find a forever home.
He’s been passed around from home to home, having been fostered 12 times and adopted four times, only to be returned.
The heartbreaking experiences left Sherio with crippling anxiety and he used to cry on car journeys because he thought he was being rehomed again.
But his luck changed two years ago when one kind human – Sheryl Smith – decided to take him in.
Sheryl has a history of welcoming animals into her home and rehabilitating them.
When she found out about his past, she realised Sherio would take some work but he deserves a loving home.
He is now comfortable in his forever home and even helps Sheryl out with new foster pets.
One of the most recent pets she took in was a kitten named Tina, who Sherio took a liking to.
Whenever Sheryl brings an animal home, Sherio watches protectively and takes care of them.
And the animals trust him too.
Sheryl explains: ‘He is almost three, I adopted him when he was a year old.
‘Sherio went through two different shelters in two different states, was adopted four times and in 12 different foster homes all in a year.
‘He’s deaf and visually impaired but he helps rehabilitate feral cats and kittens.
‘He knows how to comfort them and they trust him before they trust us.’
The latest pet to come into the Smith home was a little kitten who they named Tina Tolley.
Tina was taken in as she was seriously malnourished.
Sheryl adds: ‘The kitten was almost dead when we found her. she was eating flying ants didn’t have much energy and was very skinny. She was found after a bad heatwave.’
Though Tina was a bit scared of Sherio first, the pair now get along and have become friends.