"Touch me. Throw the ball to me. Pass me a treat."
After all, this is the one soul on earth who saw the value in each of these dogs during their time of homelessness. He saw past their patches of missing fur and broken teeth. He wasn't frightened by their inquisitive stare or their upsetting injuries. He simply got down on his knees, took each face into his hands and said,
"Come with me"