When a veterinarian in Antigua saw a tiny puppy in a cardboard box on his porch, he knew she was one of a kind. His heart was touched by the little puppy's perpetual squint and wrinkled forehead.
The vet contacted a local dog and cat rescue team in Antigua, who picked up the stray cat and named her Faith. She was hungry and blind, but they thought they could give her a second chance at happiness.
“Normally, a special needs dog like Faith would be euthanized on the islands. There are few adopters and no money for fostering,” Faith’s foster mother, Kate Venezia, told The Dodo. “Antigua Dogs and Cats fostered her and paid Her vet fees and even convinced the authorities to let her travel early so she could receive proper medical treatment in the US.”
Faith's adoptive mother was surprised by her persistence when she arrived at Venice's house.
“She was very good at finding her way around the house,” Venice added. “She was very bold, yet she got around by sniffing things and hitting them.”
"She's not bothered by anything," she added. “If she encounters something, she gets up and starts running.”
Faith navigates Venice's home using her ears and nose, always ending up in her favorite spot - right above her foster mother's feet. “She adored people and wanted to be with me at all times,” Venice said. "She can tell when I'm near. She'll push her nose up in the air and sniff for me. If she hears someone making a disturbance in the next room, she'll run over to them."
Faith was deemed fit to find her final home after a thorough medical examination at an animal rescue center in New York City. Requests poured in as soon as the rescue posted its adorable photos on Facebook.
Faith has come a long way to find safety, but there is no doubt that the precious little dog will find someone who will always be there for her.