Meet Sherio, The Rescue Dog Who’s Making Scared Foster Animals Feel Safe.

Sherio had a rough start in life, but that hasn’t kept him from showing kindness and compassion in his own doggy way.

Sheryl Smith is an animal advocate in Australia who frequently takes in foster animals to get them ready for adoption. Often these pets are sick or abused and are almost always scared from being bounced around. Luckily, Sheryl has her very own “welcome wagon” to make them comfortable: Sherio!


Sheryl adopted Sherio in 2018 after learning about him from a shelter she works with. The pup is deaf and partially blind, so he moved between two shelters and 12 different foster homes before Sheryl finally gave him a forever family.

“He was a handful,” Sheryl said. “But everyone else had given up on him, and we weren’t prepared to do that too.”

She took him in, and ever since, he’s become her chief foster animal comforter!


“One of my deaf, vision-impaired rescues,” Sheryl captioned a picture online. “Tried to comfort a newly rescued kitten… he looks pleased with himself… but the poor kitty looks even more terrified than she did before. She has no idea what just slapped her in the face.”


That wasn’t the only time Sherio stepped in for another animal! In fact, he’s made it his mission to sit by their side and offer them gentle licks and cuddles.

Just after his rescue, I rescued a pregnant dog who was too sick to care for her pups, so Sherio climbed in with them and started cleaning them. He’s done that with every rescue I take in. He will just sit patiently with the feral cats/kittens and bonds so strongly with them, they trust him before they trust me.


What a loyal companion! We love seeing this kind of patience and compassion and could all learn a few things from Sherio’s nurturing instincts.

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