NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Duffy isn't like most dogs and neither is his new owner who is taking him home.
"I feel like he needed me, and I feel like I needed him," Sharon Faucett said. She doesn't have children but when she saw the 8-year-old American bulldog it was love at first sight.
"I feel like God said 'You know what Sharon, I have a special dog for you and I'm going to give you the best Mother's Day gift ever,'" she said.
Duffy had been living in the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter since last year. Just last month he was diagnosed with stage-3 cancer. Instead of putting him down, volunteers made a plea for adoption on his Facebook page.
Romy Martin messaged Sharon. The rest is history.
"I said 'Hi Sharon, do you or do you know someone who wants to foster or adopt an 8-year-old, 95-pound American bulldog who has cancer? He needs out ASAP,'" said Martin, a volunteer. Martin said that Sharon said: "Yes, I want him."
The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter has over 150 dogs and cats. For the next month if you're looking for a new pet, you can say "Duffy sent me" to save the adoption fee.
"Go to a shelter, pick up a dog, fall in love and live happily ever after," Faucett said.
Doctors say Duffy isn't in pain. They're not sure how long he'll live. While this story doesn't have a totally happy ending, in this case it's fair to say the happiest possible ending is the best kind.
"However long it's going to be I want him to have a great life," Faucett said.