Shelter Dog’s Goofy Smile Wins People’s Hearts And Gets Him A New Family Too

Shelter workers thought a little Chihuahua’s smiles were snarls at first. But they soon realized the homeless dog could actually smile on command. As soon as they recognized the little dog’s talent, they shared his goofy grin on social media and he instantly became a sensation!

City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue

“Y’all…this smiling dog we got in at the shelter yesterday is ridiculous,” reads the post introducing Cheech, who arrived at the City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue in Texas a week ago. But he didn’t have to stay there long.

City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue

That’s because his adorable smiles won over the heart of his newly adoptive mom.

Leah Sipe, the director of the shelter and a Waller police officer received plenty of interest from people wanting to adopt Cheech, but she settled on someone who they knew could offer him a lot of love.

City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue

“I reviewed the applications for Cheech, and one story stood out the most. Carrie reached out to the shelter volunteers and shared her heartbreaking loss with us, she lost her beloved Shepherd to cancer on Friday- since then her other dog (Dusty) pictured here, has been severely depressed and had not eaten in days,” she posted on Facebook Monday, along with a photo of Cheech meeting his new family.

Cheech and Daisy instantly connected and it appears he is just what his new family needs. “Congratulations on finding your forever home Cheech, we are very happy that you’re going to the perfect home,” the rescue wrote. “Cheech needs this family as much as they need him. Nothing but smiles here today y’all!”

City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue is very happy Cheech found a home so quickly, but they still have plenty of other dogs looking to find forever homes. This fantastic rescue is the first and only no-kill shelter in the entire county and was founded by a first responder on the city’s police force. It is operated by fellow first responders and volunteers from the community.



The shelter (which operates out of an old jail), is currently under renovation, so all of the pets are living with fosters for the time being.

“Animals at the city pound were only kept for 72hrs before euthanizing, with the shelter we are now able to take them from the pound and adopt them out to good families,” they revealed. “We have spent the last 4 months working tirelessly and understaffed to make this shelter great.”

We think Cheech would agree that their shelter is great. His happy ending is certainly testament to that. Share Cheech’s story with your family and friends as a reminder to support local rescues in your community.