Abused Dog Loves Hugging Everyone, But No One Will Give Him A Forever Home

“Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter” was called to an abandoned house to look into the despicable situation of Toro, a dog with a 15.7-lb chain wrapped around his neck.

It was suspected that the starving 5-year-old dog had been chained all his life, without experiencing love and care from his previous owners.

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Toro was painfully shy and shut down when he was brought to the shelter, and being surrounded by other agitated dogs only triggered his anxiety further.

Gradually, he warmed up to his loving caretakers, but was still mostly a sensitive and nervous pooch.

One day, one of the workers decided to take Toro on his first socialized walk, and that’s when the dog showed a new side to his personality – he turned out to be a big hugger!

Just 15 minutes after being set loose on the playground, Toro happily ran up to the worker and surprised her with the tightest hug.

Since then, he has been habitually generous with showering affections!

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These days, Toro makes sure he hugs every person the moment he comes out of his kennel. After years of isolation and neglect, he is grateful to have a roof over his head and a bunch of humans who genuinely look out for him!

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Sadly, Toro has been a bit unlucky with finding a home. He was adopted once, but returned in just under 2 weeks.

The lack of structure, love, and socialization in his upbringing makes him seem “untrained” and “unfit” to many adopters, and many straight up refuse to see his gentle, faithful side.

Toro really craves for a human that understands him and patiently gives him time to blossom. He’s been in the shelter for one year now.

Let’s get the word out for this poor thing and help him find the forever home that he deserves.

Click the video below to watch Toro’s super adorable hugging ritual every time he walks out of his kennel.

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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