Shelter Me: To Love a Canine

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One couple's pet adoption led to a new business for them. (WPVI)

One couple's pet adoption led to a new business for them.

When John and Kylee Formento first met Molly it was love at first sight.

They adopted Molly July 2015.

"She ran right over and she started giving us kisses and that was pretty much it. So within a minute we knew she was the right dog for us," said Kylee.

Molly is a very playful pup.

John adds, "One of the things we love is probably giving her more toys than she should have."

And that excess gave the couple an idea.

"We started to look into ways we could develop our own toys and start to market and sell them in a buy one give one model," said John.

They called their company Skip for Dogs, and with every toy purchased, they donate a toy to an animal rescue, including the one where they found Molly, To Love a Canine.

Tracy Long is the Executive Director, To Love a Canine.

"We rescue dogs from high kill shelters and we give them a second chance at life," she said.

Matilda is a 4-year-old hound mix.

"She would be good for just about any kinda of home. She is just kinda you're all around nice dog," said Tracy.

Holly and Tanya would be good in a home with older kids.

"She's a very playful little girl who normally wants to give nothing but kisses," said Tracy.

Sellers is a Dioxin Lab mix and would do best in a home with another dog.

Tracy says, "He's about 6-months-old. He's super sweet, he's very friendly."

Toby is a lab hound mix, only about a-year-old, and so is Maggie. She's a great Pyrenees, a dog bred to guard livestock.

Jenaine Makara is Director of Adoptions, To Love a Canine

She said, "They're known to be very protective of the home, so they have a little bit more challenges in terms of placing them with a family that has experience with the breed."

And this is Louise, a 3-4-year-old shepherd mix. She was pregnant when she came in as a stray and has since given birth to 9 healthy pups who've all been adopted.

Louise now needs surgery to amputate her leg that was damaged beyond repair by a shotgun wound.

Despite her rough past, she's a sweet and friendly dog who loves people.

If you're interested in Louise or any of the dogs you've seen today, you can visit the To Love a Canine 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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