Shelter Me: Finding Shelter Animal Rescue

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Adopting two dogs and giving them a forever home helped in the healing process in the loss of two other dogs. (WPVI)

The adoption of two rescue dogs helped in the healing process for a local woman who suffered the loss of two dogs.

In 2011 Marisa Cantos didn't think she'd be able to recover from the loss of Zach and Zoey.

She said, "I was devastated. I didn't like to come home from work. The house was so lonely.

With encouragement from a friend, she decided to visit the Finding Shelter Animal Rescue website. That's where she found Buddy and Sissy.

"I loved them from the time I saw them," said Cantos.

And Buddy and Sissy are equally smitten with each other.

"One gets up on the sofa, the other has to get up on the sofa. They're inseparable," said Cantos.

A bond that's especially important because Buddy is blind, and Sissy acts as his eyes.

"She used to take the leash in her mouth and pull it sometimes like she thought she was walking him," said Cantos.

Finding Shelter Animal Rescue got its start in January of 2010

"To not help, just your average everyday regular dogs, but to help some special needs animals too," said Grace Kelly Herbert, the President and Co-Founder of Finding Shelter Animal Rescue.

Animals like Jordy, a 5-year-old Bulldog mix is looking for a home.

"He was on the time stamped euthanasia list at the Philadelphia shelter, and it was just because of the way he walks sometimes. He's just a really friendly wonderful guy," said Kelly Herbert.

Josie and Shrimpy are brother and sister Cocker Spaniel puppies who would love to find a home together.

"They are special needs dogs. Josie is partially blind and deaf. And Shrimpy is blind and deaf, so they need a very experienced home," said Kelly Herbert.

Bubbles and Batina were rescued from a puppy mill.

Kelly Herbert said, "The two of them came to us extremely shut down, and shy, and now they're very happy and loving with people."

Bubbles is a bit choosy with her doggie friends, but Batina loves everyone.

"They can go together or they can go separately," said Kelly Herbert.

And finally, there is Val. She is a 6-year-old Rottweiler, who was a breeder at a puppy mill, and rescued. She has a nice disposition, and is waiting for her forever home.

If you're interested in Val or any of the dogs you've met today you can visit the Finding Shelter Animal Rescue website.

And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using #6abc Shelter Me and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.

Action News will feature your stories on upcoming Shelter Me segments.

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