When Kayla Philun, 20, a student and a dog walker at a Philadelphia animal shelter, saw a pit bull named Russ for the first time, she immediately knew there was a special bond between them. That's what helped her make the serious decision to adopt the pooch and save him from the grim fate of being put to sleep.

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When Kayla Philun, a volunteer dog walker at the shelter, saw a pit bull named Russ for the first time, she was sure they must be together.

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"Russ got to the shelter as a stray dog. You could tell by his appearance that he had been beaten."

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"His tail and ears were injured and he was also terribly skinny."

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"He just sat there quietly looking at me and I thought I should take him in right away."

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The girl knew she had to act quickly, as 15 dogs were about to be put to sleep at the shelter.

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"Any dog could have been included in that number, and Russ was definitely one of them."

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From the moment Kayla adopted the pit bull, she has never doubted that he was the perfect dog.

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Russ has turned out to be a very affectionate, loving, and grateful dog.

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"One night I was sitting on the couch doing my homework, and he was trying to hug me..."

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"A friend of mine took some pics, posted them online, and they immediately went viral."

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Philun hopes these pictures will inspire others to adopt animals from the shelter.

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