Piglet the blind and deaf puppy inspires kids to embrace their differences

Must See 07/10/2019

Piglet the puppy was born blind and deaf in an overcrowded home alongside 35 other puppies, but was rescued and sent to a shelter. 

Veterinarian Melissa Shapiro saw him and offered to foster him until Piglet was found a new home - but how could you give up that cute little face?! So she decided to keep him forever.

He's now her seventh dog, so as you can imagine it was quite an undertaking to adopt him as well, with Melissa saying:

"It was quite a decision to make. He is a lot of work and he is like a full-time job, taking care of a little disabled baby. But he’s so cute, and we couldn’t give him away at that point,"

"He was so anxious, he was screaming constantly. He would play, then go to sleep, but when he wasn’t doing either of those, he was screaming. I couldn’t leave the house the first month I had the dog here."

Piglet's story was told by a primary school teacher to her class as an example of why you should never give up, and that sometimes our life's struggles can lead to growth, which kicked off an entire career for the pink pup. 

"She called it Piglet Mindset, and we corresponded throughout the year. At the end of the year, we surprised the kids. They thought we were going to FaceTime, and we walked in with Piggy in his stroller and three of my other dogs, and everyone was crying," said Melissa. 

Now classrooms in Alabama, Connecticut, Japan and Australia are promoters of the Piglet Mindset Outreach program, which teaches kids how to combat problems and use what they have to their best advantage.

Shapiro and Piglet’s fundraising efforts through social media ads and merch have exceeded $30,000, which has all been donated to special needs dog rescues and other non-profit organisations.

Melissa hopes to start up her own not for profit one day to help give money to more rescue dogs.

"People are afraid to adopt these animals, they think that it’s going to be too much work. But people see Piglet’s page and I get so many notes from people that because of him, they just adopted,"

"It’s rewarding to know that people are taking the lead and being inspired by Piggy. It makes a lot of people really happy to know him," she said.