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Happy Tails: Man Makes Special Connection With Little Dog in NJ

Each of the more than 50,000 pets adopted as part of this year's Clear the Shelters event has a special story, and this is no exception.

John Scannivino, of North Bergen, arrived at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in New Jersey looking for a nice, quiet dog for a companion friend. 

Shelter volunteers had been hoping to find a forever home for a little chihuahua mix who had at BCAS for a long time. 

They introduced the little dog to Scannivino and the two took an instant liking to each other. 

"There's only one issue," the shelter volunteer told Scannivino. "He has a heart murmur."

"That's terrific!" Scannivino said. "I have a heart murmur too!"

It was a perfect match. 

More than 80 area shelters waived or reduced adoption fees on Saturday for Clear the Shelters, an annual adoption event sponsored by NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47. To find a participating shelter, click here

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