An animal rescuer captured the joyful moment when a disabled dog, who survived a puppy mill, learned she was adopted.
Joe Kay, who works as a Dog Adoption Coordinator, helping to save, train, and welcome dogs, shared the emotional clip with TikTok under The Dog Adoption Handle, where it was viewed 1.1 million times. The images can be viewed here.
In the video, Kay can be seen approaching the cage of a dog affectionately known as “One-Eyed Ann,” wearing an orange laminated card with the words “Adopted, Please Hold” printed on it.
“Is this for you? Is this for you? Is this for you, Ann Borgne? He asks, approaching his container.
Obviously excited by Kay’s arrival, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel can be seen wagging his tail and wiggling in pleasure at the sound of his voice.
“This is for you!” he said to him. “You are waiting, darling, you are waiting to be adopted, yes you are! Yes you are!”
Ann struggles to hold back her emotions, circling around in her cage and, at one point, almost letting out a cry of joy. The heartwarming exchange proved popular with dog lovers, many of whom have flocked to leave comments on the clip.
“She is so excited! Christina Perdomo wrote.
“Oh, she’s precious,” commented Jules11177.
Toni Klein posted: “She might only have one, but she’s the cutest little eye in the world.”
Spymylittleye, meanwhile, noticed how much her tail wagged, joking that she “might fall off if she got more aroused.”
One of the most powerful responses came from Shawn Whitney, who wrote: “Anyone who adopts, just know that I appreciate that you have changed the future of these kids with paws for the better.”
The animal adoption charity Paws.org estimates that up to 90 percent of all puppies purchased at pet stores come from puppy mills, which are commercial breeding facilities.
The charity says many animals kept in puppy mills are “confined to squalid, overcrowded cages with minimal shelter from the elements and have no choice but to sit and sleep in their own feces “.
They say the animals there can end up suffering from “malnutrition or starvation” and “inadequate or unsanitary food and water” while sick or dying dogs receive “little or no veterinary care.”
According to Paws.org, kittens and puppies are often taken from their mothers at an early age in these factories, resulting in “serious behavioral problems” while adult animals are known to be “destroyed or thrown away” once. that they can no longer produce offspring. .
Kay said News week that Ann was a puppy mill dog that had been used for breeding.
“Once the breeder is done with the dog, they usually return it to be euthanized,” he said. “This is where the shelter I work for comes in and takes possession of the dog.”
He added that he is posting videos online to “show people that shelter dogs are also worth adopting.”
Kay said, “I have thousands of messages from subscribers saying my videos have changed their minds from buying a dog to adopting.”
According to Kay, Ann “is now living her best life” and “already loves her adopter.”
Ann’s story follows another happy story involving a rescue dog named Haddie. Haddie was severely disfigured after being used as “bait” in aerial combat, but learned to love again after being adopted.
Likewise, a young dog who was brought to a shelter after suffering from a severe brain infection has gained admirers online thanks to his impressive somersault ability.
Update 11/04/21, 9:15 am ET: This article has been updated to add additional comments from Joe Kay and new photos of Ann.