Picasso was born to a backyard breeder who sold the rest of the litter – and Picasso was left
behind,because of his facial abnormality.
The backyard breeders left him at the Porterville Animal Shelter in California, where
dogs are often euthanised.
Picasso soon got reunited with his brother Pablo
, as the family who bought his brother from
the backyard breeder,decided they didn’t want him anymore.
Sadly, Picasso and Pablo were both added to the euthanasia list.
And that’s when Luvable Dog Rescue stepped in
and saved both dogs.
Liesl Wilhardt, executive director of the rescue, ‘I was talking to volunteer Shannon
Corbit about the dogs they were receiving and if she had any unusual-looking or special needs dogs.
She responded, “Well, as a matter of fact, I do!” and she sent me Picasso’s shelter intake
photo. He was curled in a dog bed, and looked very sad. His twisted face was startling, but he
had soft and gentle eyes, and for me it was love at first sight!’
Liesl later learned that Pablo was Picasso’s brother, and that he was on the euthanasia list
too. ‘I could not imagine leaving the brother behind to die, and told Shannon to pull them off
the euthanasia list – ‘Luvable would take both boys’
Liesl said: ‘After watching them together for a couple of weeks now at Luvable, we think it’s in
their best interest to be adopted to a home together.’
Currently, Picasso is awaiting surgery to remove the teeth that are pushing into the roof of his
mouth, but as soon as he’s recovered, both dogs will begin meeting potential families together –
the centre has received numerous requests to meet them both.
The centre will carefully choose an appropriate family.
Liesl said: ‘We love them and they deserve a home and family of their own.’