GrubHub driver delivers food to shelter — sees one long-waiting dog and knows it’s meant to be

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Every now and then, life surprises us with unexpected moments that change everything, especially when it comes to welcoming a new furry friend into our lives.

Recently, a heartwarming tale unfolded when a GrubHub driver, Alan Moncayo, embarked on a delivery that would leave a lasting imprint on his heart.

Meet Jihoo, a charming pit bull mix who found himself under the care of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Virginia after being surrendered by his previous owner. Despite being described as “intelligent, affectionate, and gentle” by the shelter, Jihoo faced a daunting challenge – finding a loving home. For a staggering 240 days, he patiently waited as countless potential adopters overlooked him.

However, fate intervened in the most unexpected way. On February 10, Alan Moncayo arrived at the shelter to deliver lunch and unexpectedly laid eyes on Jihoo. In that moment, an instant connection sparked between them.

“It was love at first sight,” Alan shared with People. “He looked at me, and I looked back at him.”

Realizing that Jihoo would be the perfect companion for his 5-year-old daughter, Sabrina, Alan made a heartfelt decision. “My daughter had been asking me for a puppy for the longest time,” he explained. “She wanted a dog so bad.” With unwavering conviction, Alan took Jihoo home that very day, putting an end to the dog’s prolonged wait for a forever family.

Jihoo’s adoption was part of an event held by the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in honor of the Super Bowl, where 20 lucky dogs found their forever homes that weekend. The shelter staff rejoiced at Jihoo’s newfound happiness, expressing their delight at seeing him find a loving family.

“His adoption is truly special. Bringing people and pets together lies at the core of our mission – there’s an abundance of love and joy in adopting a pet,” shared communications director Rebecca Cavedon.

Reports indicate that Jihoo is settling in seamlessly in his new home, basking in the warmth and affection of his adoring family. It’s a heartwarming reminder of the transformative power of love and the joy that comes from welcoming a furry friend into our lives.

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