Two stray dogs, abandoned and struggling to survive in the Philadelphia streets, are providing a heartwarming example of true brotherly love. The Chester County SPCA posted a photo of the dogs -- Jeffrey and his brother Jermaine -- embracing each other while sleeping, as a perfect representation of their relationship.
Jeffrey is blind and, according to the SPCA, his brother Jermaine has dedicated his life to being his guide dog, helping him move around and keeping him out of harm’s way.
"The unconditional love and devotion these two dogs show is positively inspirational," wrote an SPCA spokesperson.
Both dogs, approximately 8-months-old and believed to be lab-pit bull mixes, were found on the streets on October 5 and are being fostered by a rescue group, called Operation Ava. "They were obviously a little bit scared and confused' said Ray Little, the organization’s Director
"It was immediately apparent that Jeffrey was leaning on Jermaine and that Jermaine was making every effort to stay with his brother. The two are inseparable. They're always pretty much touching each other," Little said.
While acknowledging that dogs are incredibly social animals, he believes the case of Jeffrey and Jermaine is a special one. "I think this is a little bit extraordinary...because they're so careful with one another and play together so well," Little said. "It almost seems like Jermaine understands that Jeffrey has an issue seeing."
Now the two dogs are in need of a home and despite the overwhelming response on Facebook and the deluge of cards and calls, Little says there are still significant hurdles to overcome before they find one.
"We're hoping that people come here directly to the shelter but not many have done that," Little said. "It's always best for potential adopters to meet the dogs. We have only received two applications and we're still waiting to hear from references."
Fortunately, the organization is being very cautious regarding the future of these two special dogs. Prospective adopters are being required to come to the shelter at N. 3rd Street St. in Philadelphia and meet them; they must have ID and at least three good personal references.
For more information, visit the Operation Ava website.
Source: NBC Philly