They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and according to the internet-at-large, Picasso the dog is downright breathtaking.
Named for the painter who regularly created misaligned faces in his works, Picasso, a 10-month-old corgi-pitt bull mix, had a hard time finding a home. Born with a facial deformity that made his snout look a bit out-of-whack, Picasso wasn’t considered to be a desirable candidate for adoption. He and his brother, Pablo, were surrendered to a California kill shelter when their breeder couldn’t find a family for them.
Although the situation looked grim, the pair was rescued by Oregon-based organization Luvable Dog Rescue. The non-profit shelter specializes in hard-to-place pups, particularly those with medical conditions. When the rescue decided to share a photo of the canine brothers on their popular Instagram account, the response was more than they could have ever imagined.
Luvable Dog Rescue has over 20,000 followers on the popular platform, and Picasso’s sweet, funny face became an instant sensation. While the quirky-looking pup was once turned away for his facial deformities, it’s those same features that are now causing a virtual frenzy of people lining up to adopt him.
But while people around the world are lining up to bring home Picasso and Pablo, the shelter says it’ll still be a little while before the pair is ready to embark on their next adventure. Although his deformity doesn’t cause him pain, Picasso will require dental surgery to fix a problem related to his misaligned snout. However, vets won’t attempt to change his unique aesthetic appeal. Typical canine surgical costs average out at around $550 per year, but Picasso’s procedure could be more extensive. Fortunately, animal lovers from across the globe have sent in almost $2,000 in donations since the pup’s rise to celebrity.
After Picasso’s surgery and recovery have been completed, the brothers will be put up for adoption together. The shelter has already received hundreds of adoption inquiries since March 2. Around 46.3 million households in the U.S. have a dog, but it won’t be long before one more gets added to the list when two find their forever home.
Picasso’s vibrant spirit continues to resonate both with internet users and with his rescuers. Liesl Wilhardt, executive director of Luvable Dog Rescue, notes, “Picasso could teach others what we share in common is more important than what is different. People are the same. No matter where people are from, or what they look like, we are the same.”