10 Shelter Dogs Who Saved Their Owners’ Lives

10 Shelter Dogs Who Saved Their Owners' Lives

When you rescue a dog, you never know if you might ultimately be rescuing yourself.

Amazing shelter dogs

Bubba, a dog I photographed for a Northern California animal shelter, finally found his home after spending the better part of a year in a kennel. He is free!Photography by Adri/Shutterstock

When most people adopt a rescue dog, they're seeking companionship from their new furry friend. These people got that and a second chance at life, thanks to their shelter dogs. If you're considering adding a new four-legged friend to your family, these are the 20 things you should know before adopting a shelter dog.

Found on a highway, his family wouldn't be alive without him

Tiny black mutt hangs out on the patioSara Valenti/Shutterstock

When Angela Fullmer and her husband, Isaac, saw a dog wandering around on the highway back in 2015, they knew they had to rescue him from homelessness. Of course, they never dreamed he'd one day save them from losing much more. But that's precisely what happened a year and a half later when Capone, a mix of miniature pinscher, Chihuahua, and whippet, alerted Angela to a fire that had started in her kitchen. Thanks to Capone, Angela and all nine of her children made it out to safety (Isaac was traveling at the time). This isn't the only time a dog has saved its owner's life—here are more canine heroes.

He saved his owner from assault

White and gray color Pitbull puppy sitting on a dark wood floor background. Blue nose staffordshireYurlick/Shutterstock

"He's a good boy. I think he saved my life," Maya Fairweather, told the New York Post of Apollo, the 5-month-old "fearless" pit bull pup who saved her from a violent assault a few years back when she was just 18. She had been walking Apollo, whom her boyfriend had rescued, one evening in Brooklyn when a strange man grabbed her headphones and pushed her to the ground. But Apollo immediately understood what was going on and bit Fairweather's attacker on the leg—so hard, in fact, that it took a bit of a struggle for the assailant to shake the dog off.

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