Prayers are indeed answered, even those of a shelter Chihuahua who just wants to have a forever home.
John Hwang of La Puenta, California, told Good Morning America that he snapped the photo of the two-year-old Chihuahua, Oliver, on January 11 as part of his hobby telling the stories of shelter animals through photos.
The story of Oliver came to Hwang, a 41-year-old occupational therapist, “after a woman who adopted a shelter dog he had photographed shared news of Oliver’s rescue.”
The story is that on January 9, Oliver was running around on the street and was going to get hit by a car. He was captured and brought to a shelter in Baldwin Park, California.
Hwang then went to the shelter, hoping he could take the rescue dog’s photos and tell his story.
“Every time I tried to get up and move away from the kennel, he’d getting up on his hind legs and kept putting his paws together, as if he was begging me to help him,” Hwang said. “He would just come right up to the fence and he would do it. I said ‘I got to get a photo of that.’ That can be his story.”
He said that before starting the photo session, he sat next to Oliver’s kennel to be acquainted with him. He said that after being fed with treats is when Oliver would touch his paws together in a praying motion.
Hwang posted a photo of Oliver on Facebook on that day and it was quickly shared over 2,000 times.
In the caption, Hwang wrote in part:
He stood on his hind legs,
and clasped his front paws together.
Up and down, up and down, he shook his paws
towards anyone that came by,
as if pleading, begging
for his freedom.
In his concrete confinement
He paced back and forth restlessly.
He squeezed his face through the fence,
taking in a deep breath
of the vibrant world
he can no longer be a part of.
And through that power of virtual sharing, Oliver was adopted into his forever home just days later on January 14 by Doggie Smiles Rescue, a non-profit organization.
“I couldn’t believe the response,” Hwang told Fox News. “I was getting people messaging me from all over this world asking about the dog. I’m just really happy that this brings more awareness and can change people’s attitudes about the shelter animals.”