Special Needs Dog With a Short Spine and a Big Heart Needs a Home

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Quasimodo the dog .

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He may have a short spine, but Quasimodo the purebred German shepherd more than makes up for his condition with a huge heart and a kind soul.

Quasimodo has short spine syndrome, and his handlers say he's only one of only 14 dogs in the world with the condition. At first glance, Quasi's friends at the animal shelter thought he was stunted because he had lived his life in a kennel, but the pup was later diagnosed with this rare genetic condition. It affects his growth and his ability to turn his neck, but not his love of snuggling or playing.

Quasi turned up in an animal shelter in Kentucky and has been cared for by a loving foster family. But now he's in need of a forever home. The Kentucky shelter transferred his care to Secondhand Hounds in Minnesota, an organization that specializes in special needs dogs.

Secondhand Hounds set up a Facebook page for Quasi to help spread the word about his condition and about the millions of dogs in need of adoption around the world. At last count, Quasi the Great's Facebook page had more than 60,000 followers.

According to Secondhand Hounds, Quasi is 4 years old and weighs around 50 pounds. He has a few minor health issues — a neck wound from an embedded collar and a "screw tail" — that his handlers are taking care of this week so he'll be ready for adoption. But those interested in giving this sweet pup his forever home when he's ready can check out the Secondhand Hounds website.