A dog born with a facial deformity has had a tough time trying to find a loving family to call his own.
Picasso’s brothers and sisters have all managed to find new homes but no one wants to adopt him because of the way he looks.
The pooch has a sharp twist in his upper jaw that makes his nose point to the side, showing off several of his teeth as a result.
And with no one interested in giving him a home, Picasso was taken to the Porterville Animal Shelter in California.
Tragically, he was immediately placed on the euthanasia list – as well as his brother Pablo, who was also brought to the shelter when his family decided they no longer wanted him.
However, hope came for both of them in the shape of Luvable Dog Rescue, who took them from the shelter back to their facility in Oregon.
Liesl Wilhardt, executive director of Luvable Dog Rescue, told The Dodo: “I was talking to volunteer Shannon Corbit about the dogs we were receiving and just happened to ask her out of the blue 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 couldn’t separate the brothers so took both of them in, saving them from a sad and early death.
Luvable are now getting ready to offer up Pablo and Picasso – who come as a pair – to the right home.
Liesl added: “We love them. I wish we could keep them but they really are awesome dogs and deserve a home and family of their own.”
Top pic: Luvable Dog Rescue