In 2015, Kiko finally got some luck. One of our wonderful volunteers welcomed him into her home and began to foster him. In a home environment, we got to learn more about his adorable personality and see lots of pictures of him doing really well. Susie’s Senior Dogs stopped by an adoption event and featured him on their social media pages, which earned him some much needed attention. Then The Dodo got word of the homeless hero pit bull and ran their own story about him. Kiko went viral. People all over the world contacted us and wanted to make him theirs. They wanted us to ship Kiko to them. They wanted to incorporate Kiko into homes with many dogs and lots of activity. They wanted to purchase Kiko as a gift for their relatives halfway across the world. No one was quite the right fit. A nice local couple came forward, but after a couple of weeks, Kiko began to have accidents in the new environment and was quickly returned to us. They weren’t the right fit either.
Kiko was officially adopted last autumn by our volunteer’s family. He spent the holiday season with them, showered in love and adoration. We got photo updates of Kiko lounging on his many beds with his many toys and basking in the sun on the patio. He even made a best friend, his “cousin,” Marley. Being around Marley gave Kiko the opportunity to be frisky, cuddle, and act like a puppy again. His new life was the best he could have asked for, the perfect last stopping point for this super hero dog. He had his health scares too, as he began suffering seizures towards the end, but his new family was incredibly attentive to his medical needs and always right there by his side.
Frequently, we overhear visitors passing by our adoption drive comment on our older dogs. “Why adopt them? They’re old. Won’t they just die soon?” But isn’t that precisely the point? Every dog deserves a wonderful family and a perfect retirement like Kiko’s, no matter the duration. It is for Kiko we will we keep going, for those moments when the dog is finally in its forever home in its own bed, laying its head down to rest in complete bliss. Kiko got his happy ending, and he had the best one he could have ever asked for. Thank you for helping teach us, Kiko. We will miss you.
You can see more photos of Kiko on his Instagram page and give the family your condolences there.