When an abused pet is rescued, removing him from his situation is only the first step toward saving his life. He also faces a long road ahead of physical recovery, followed by a period of learning to trust and open up to humans again.

But the hardest journey of all for a rescue animal is finding the perfect forever home, or the place where he will finally be loved and cared for. This is especially true for pets who have noticeable physical ailments or psychological problems from their abuse.

That could have easily been the case for Mojo, a three-month-old pit bull puppy with mange. Yet, nobody—not even him—could have expected how wonderfully things would turn out…

When an animal is first rescued, removing them from an abusive lifestyle is just the first step toward saving their life. They face not only a long road to physical recovery, but a period of learning to trust and open up to humans again as well.

Arguably the most difficult journey of all for rescue animals is finding the perfect forever home, or a place where they will finally be loved and cared for. This is even more true for pets who have noticeable physical ailments or psychological problems.


When this three-month-old pit bull puppy was removed from a home with terrible living conditions, he had a severe case of mange and he was in horrible physical shape. It was clear that he’d endured serious abuse and neglect.

Joey Wagner, who created a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Nova Scotia, Canada, a few years ago, quickly stepped in and rushed the pup to an animal hospital. If the veterinarians didn’t act fast, there was a chance that the poor dog could lose his life.

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The puppy, who they later named Mojo, began a slow but steady recovery. Adoption requests came pouring in, but the center could not consider regular adoptions because of the severity of his condition. Mojo needed special care.

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Sadly, the care that Mojo needed in order to properly recover from his ailments was far too great to allow him to be adopted by any regular person just yet. It was going to take someone special coming along for him to be released.

And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as Joey heard the news that Mojo wouldn’t be allowed to go home with just any owner, he decided that it would be best for him to step up to the plate. So he headed to the vet where Mojo was recovering…


…And as soon as Mojo saw Joey walk into the room where he was having a routine exam, it was clear that he recognized the man who’d saved him. Just look at the little pit bull puppy give his hero all the kisses and hugs!

The day that Mojo was finally well enough to leave the vet was likely the greatest day of his entire life, and the same could be said for Joey. It’s irresistibly sweet… and the story gets even better from there! See the way neither party can stop smiling when they’re reunited?

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Today, at four years old, Mojo is happier and healthier than he has ever been. Even though his coat never fully returned, he still loves cuddling up to the furry friends in his new forever home with Joey. How could anyone not love him? So cute!

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Thanks to this man’s quick thinking and compassion, Mojo’s story has a beautiful and heartwarming ending. Hopefully, things will only continue to improve for him from here!

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