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Man Who Adopted Dog With Heart Murmur: I Have One Too!



    Little Dog, NJ Man Share a Connection of the Heart

    A man who came to a shelter in Bergen County looking for a quiet dog made an immediate connection with a Chihuahua mix. But the shelter volunteers had a warning for him. (Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017)

    Each of the more than 50,000 pets adopted as part of this year's Clear the Shelters event has a special story, and this is no exception.

    John Scannivino, of North Bergen, arrived at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in New Jersey looking for a nice, quiet dog for a companion friend. 

    Shelter volunteers had been hoping to find a forever home for a little chihuahua mix who had at BCAS for a long time. 

    They introduced the little dog to Scannivino and the two took an instant liking to each other. 

    "There's only one issue," the shelter volunteer told Scannivino. "He has a heart murmur."

    "That's terrific!" Scannivino said. "I have a heart murmur too!"

    It was a perfect match. 

    More than 80 area shelters waived or reduced adoption fees on Saturday for Clear the Shelters, an annual adoption event sponsored by NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47. To find a participating shelter, click here

    More than 103,000 pets were adopted through the 2018 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.