Special Link for Amputee & Three-Legged Rescue Dog – NBC Los Angeles
A man from Walnut felt an instant connection the moment he saw a three-legged German Shepherd in an animal shelter.
If friendships are based on what we have in common, then Dane Orozco knew right away that he had a friend in Kane.
“I felt this instant connection with him. Look at him, he’s perfect, ”Orozco said with a laugh.
Orozco saw perfection where others saw imperfection.
He immediately noticed that Kane was missing a leg when he adopted him last month.
“I just had to have it. I know the feeling of being ignored because of it.
Orozco also knows the feeling of living without a leg himself.
“We both have our right legs amputated,” Orozco said.
For Kane, it was only a few months since he was hit by a car while he was wandering.
“Sometimes he runs like he’s got all fours,” he added.
It has been four difficult years since Orozco lost his leg to an infection.
“I’m dealing with a lot of depression so my boss was like, what do you like? What would make you happy ? I said, ‘I’ve always had dogs, but I haven’t had a dog for a long time.’ “
That same day in July, he found himself at the Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona.
It was there that he found a gentle German Shepherd.
“The shelter staff took me around and as soon as I saw him I fell in love with him,” he said.
This love has been featured in video viewed and shared millions of times online.
“I never thought it was going to become a thing,” Orozco said.
The two are so attached that Orozco even made Kane his new colleague.
“He’s my shadow, so even at work when the going gets tough, I can reach out and he’ll be there.”
It’s that kind of friendship you get by adopting a pet that leads to this question, who saved whom?
For Orozco and Kane … it’s easy to see the answer.
“It doesn’t matter the leg or no leg. Huh, Kane?”
Southern California animal shelters and rescue groups are participating to encourage pet adoption and fundraising – find a location or donate at NBCLA.com/cleartheshelters.