NYPD Officer Michael Pascale was driving his police squad car on a cold, rainy afternoon around the public park when he saw a small black dog tied among broken beer bottles and used needles. The dog looked scared and shivering. It was very clear that the dog was intentionally left there.
The dog’s eyes were telling Officer Pascale that he needed help.
Without thinking twice, Officer Pascale got off his car and picked up the dog. He brought him to Animal Care Centers of NYC in Brooklyn. Officer Pascale immediately fell in love with the dog that he wanted to bring him home right then and there. He even showed the dog’s photo to his wife who also told him to bring the dog home. However, he had to wait for 72 hours before he would be allowed to formally adopt the dog.
A 72-hour holding period is required for every stray dog brought to the shelter. This is to give an opportunity for owners to claim the dog.
Every day, while waiting for the 72-hour holding period to expire, Officer Pascale visits the dog at the shelter. He wants to let the dog feel that he will fulfill his promise that he will be back for him.
When the 72-hour holding period was over, Officer Pascale immediately signed up the adoption papers. He gave the name Joey to the sweet dog.
Joey can’t hold his excitement as soon as he is out of the shelter! He can’t stop kissing Officer Pascale and wagging his tail. Finally, he has a family of his own!
No one can’t imagine that Joey was once a hungry, frightened, and a lonely stray dog. Joey can always be seen wearing a smile on his photos posted on his Instagram account. He loves exploring the streets of New York and going on nature hikes. On lazy days, Joey likes snuggling on a sofa with his fur mom.
Be happy always, Joey!
Photos courtesy of joey_good_doggo via Instagram