“Sniffles” lost his nose, he needs a furever home

“Sniffles” lost his nose in a dog fight. He needs a furever home. Photo:ABC7.com

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida — A stray dog with one unique characteristic is hoping to find a forever home as 2018 comes to a close.

Meet Sniffles. The active pooch with a great personality has grown on the workers at a veterinarian’s office in Florida, with his crooked teeth and the way he snorts.

Sniffles was born without a nose (see update below on his deformity), and workers say the deformity has led people to pass him up while looking to adopt a pet, WESH reports.

Genesis Diaz, who has been fostering animals for the last 12 years, said if someone would give him a chance, they’d learn just how special he really is.

“This morning, I woke up and he was at the edge of my bed, staring at me and he ran over and did a little twirl, and started licking my face,” Diaz said.

Veterinarian workers say Sniffles is a healthy dog, “he just looks a little funny,” says Michelle Wacker, with Orange County Animal Services.

“He’s just a precious old man,” Wacker said. “Everyone at the vet’s office has fallen in love with him.”

The dog is scheduled for a dentist’s visit before the new year, so that toothy grin will change a bit.

The workers here hope someone will open their heart to make sure this sweet friend finds a new home for 2019.

If you’re interested in adopting Sniffles or want to follow his story, visit PoodleandPoochRescue.org. The rescue is doing its best to sort through over 200 emails and messages from those interested in adopting Sniffles. Updated: 12-30-18 9:03 a.m.

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Text from Facebook post: Sniffles Pupdate!This old boy has swept the nation and his “tail” has gone viral!  Since Sniffles’ TV debut, we have been able to piece together his history and how he ended up wandering the streets of Orange County, Florida.  Sniffles was once a stray in Puerto Rico, rescued by an amazing group known as Rabito Kontento (Happy Tails).  Sniffles needed extensive treatment after he was attacked by other stray dogs that were much larger.  He suffered from multiple injuries and bite wounds and lost his nose during the attack.  After three surgeries, lots of recovery time and loads of tlc, Sniffles was adopted to a home in Florida with the hopes that the states would offer better veterinary care.  Unfortunately, Sniffles escaped from his new owner several times, an unsafe situation for him.  We’ve determined that while his adoptive family loves him, it just isn’t the best home for this special needs little guy. We are now working with Rabito Kontento to obtain his medical history and to make sure that this sweet fellow finds the best home possible to live the rest of his life.  We are sorting through the 200+ emails, voice messages, social media inquires and applications to determine the absolute best and most suitable home for Sniffles.  The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and heartwarming.  Sniffles is going to be a-okay and we ask that you please set your sights on some of our other dogs in need….Squeaky, Checkers, Jasmine, Noel, Savannah and Dolly (just to name a few!).  And if you are not in a position to adopt, we hope that you will consider donating below so that we can save other special needs dogs that are running stray or at animal controls around the state.Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your desire to help, your kindness and your generosity.