Dog Whose Rescue From Dump Went Viral Needs New Miracle After Owner Passes Away

Written by: Nicole Zalat

May 11, 2016

It takes a whole village of caring humans to save a dog like Miley. In 2013, the Alaskan Malamute/Siberian Husky mix was found in a garbage dump. One could say she lived there, but she was merely existing, struggling to find food and obviously needing immediate medical attention.


She had suffered for so long, but with the help of Hope For Paws, which rescued and transported her to The Fuzzy Pet Foundation (TFPF), she was able to leave the garbage dump behind for good. Hope For Paws’ video of her rescue was seen by millions, and shared all over the world.

While under TFPF’s care, Miley even made a friend who had been rescued from a drainpipe.

After Miley healed, TFPF received hundreds of adoption applications from people who had read about her and followed her story on the organization’s Facebook page. TFPF CEO Sheila Choi knew they’d have to screen applicants carefully to find the perfect home for Miley.

“We want to make sure we find that perfect home that will be able to love and cherish her for the rest of her life and will never discard her again like a piece of trash.”


TFPF’s efforts paid off. Miley was paired with the wonderful Toni Bua, who welcomed Miley into her home and gave her the life every dog deserves to have. (Toni even had a red carpet rolled out for Miley on homecoming day!)


Toni had bravely fought breast cancer for years, and after losing her beloved husband after a battle with Parkinson’s disease in November 2012 and her Siberian Husky Anushka to old age shortly after, she learned her cancer had come back and required more treatment. She saw Miley’s story posted on TFPF’s site and knew she had to help.

“She wrote directly to Miley and really poured her heart out. It was so genuine and sincere, explaining that, just like Miley, she had also been through a very rough time and was in need of love and healing.”

The two were inseparable from the moment they met. It’s like Miley knew this was her human, and Toni happily returned the affection. “During that initial visit, Miley would not leave Toni’s side. It almost seemed like they were long lost family members,” Choi told the Los Angeles Times.

Miley in Toni's home for the first time.
Miley in Toni’s home for the first time.

Toni created a FB page for Miley’s fans and followers, who were relieved to know the Husky was finally enjoying the comforts of a loving home. And then, three years after Miley’s miraculous rescue, Toni’s cancer came back and she tragically passed away.

Devastated, many of Miley’s followers immediately offered up their homes to the pup. As any responsible rescue organization normally does, TFPF stepped in again to rescue Miley and make sure she continued to receive the same amount of love and care she did from the moment she was rescued from the dump. As she promised the first time around, Choi and her staff would not allow Miley to be homeless again.


TFPF is now accepting applications for Miley’s adoption while Miley is under their care. Miley’s second forever family is out there, and she just needs a little help finding those humans. Won’t you help her? To find out more about Miley and what kind of home she would thrive in, check out TFPF’s adoption post.

Featured image via Miley The Dog/Facebook and PJ Vericat Photography

H/t Inside Edition, Los Angeles Times

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Written by: Nicole Zalat

May 11, 2016

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