Sniffles had a hard life in Puerto Rico. He lost his nose and sustained multiple injuries after a pack of stray dogs attacked him. He was rescued by a group called Rabito Kontento and eventually made his way to Orlando, Florida.
To make matters worse, he ended up back on the streets again in Orlando. Sniffles was picked up by Orange County Animal Control in mid-December.
But on Dec. 19, the 12-year-old pup's luck began to change when he ended up at Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida, a group that could finally give him the love and medical attention he needed. That's a video of him below when he had just been rescued.
After a few weeks of care and some dental surgery, Sniffles was finally adopted to his forever home. Sharon and Norman from Orlando don't live far away and can easily bring him in for the rest of the care he needs.
His story originally went viral in December, and Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida received hundreds of inquires about adopting him.
"We're getting emails, phone calls, and text messages from all across the country," Michele Wacker, the special needs director at Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida, told MNN at the time.
Wacker says Sniffles started to come out of his shell after receiving the love and care he deserves.
Because of the damage to his nose, the doctors who originally operated on him gave him two new holes to breathe through. One is located where his nose used to be and the other is near his front teeth.
While he underwent dental surgery, the vets made sure he didn't have any infections in those areas. Otherwise, the team at Poodle and Pooch Rescue believe he will be healthy for his new home, with only some occasional snorting because of his medical condition.
They also treated him for hookworms, whipworms, and an eye infection, all caused by the time he spent on the streets of Orange County.
"Norman and Sharon are very experienced as they have rescued dogs their whole life," Wacker told MNN. "In fact, in a couple weeks they will be meeting another special needs dog to adopt so that Sniffles can have a brother or a sister to share all this love."
Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida is a nonprofit organization that has been helping senior and special needs dogs for over 11 years. They are run by volunteers and funded by donations. Sniffles is just one of many lives this group has saved.
Wacker hopes the interest that Sniffles created will help them get attention for more of their senior and special needs dogs and others around the country. If you're interested in helping — either with your time, your money or your social media support — you can do so on the Poodle and Pooch help page.
Editor's note: This story was originally published in December 2018 and has been updated with new information.