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Finding A Family: Tyler's Story

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"Tyler is probably one pf the neatest kids I've ever had a chance to work with," said Cecilia Schmidt, Tyler's CASA volunteer. "He's fun, we play cards and he beats me regularly, and he sings to me on the phone, which I always love. He's the most compassionate young man, he cares a lot about other people, very considerate of others."

Tyler calls Schmidt his "Adopted Grandmother." She came to Petco with us, as we got to know Tyler a little more. He's an 11-year-old 4th grader, who loves puzzles, cards, and most of all, animals.

"Are dogs your favorite animal?" I asked him. "Mmhm," he nods. "What other kinds of animals do you like?" "Cats. And horses too," he said. "Have you ever ridden a horse?" I asked him. "Yeah. Scary, mostly."

But the one animal Tyler does not like to hold is a snake!

"You going to do it with me?" jokes Schmidt. "No, I'm not going to touch it!" said Tyler.

Tyler is a sweet kid with an adorable smile, dimples and all. And behind those glasses are mix of beautiful blue-green eyes.

"Do you want to find a family?" "Mmhmm" he nods. "What kind of family are you looking for?" I asked him. "Just one that can be outdoors and stuff just one that can have dogs and stuff."

His favorite subject is math, and he's known all his life what he wants to be when he grows up. "A cop. A police officer."

Tyler said helping people is important to him, and he's developed a sweet relationship already with this little puppy, who's also looking for a home.

Schmidt said she can see a family adopting Tyler as a single child or maybe having an older sibling he can pal around with.

"Any loving family who can appreciate his uniqueness," she said. "He is, he's just a really special kid."

If your interested in adopting Tyler, or any other child in the Mountain State, call Mission West Virginia at 866- CALL MWV. Or you can send an email to Also, all the dogs in this segment are also up for adoption. Call Pet Helpers at 304-672-7387 or email at

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