WATCH: Grateful Orphan Dog Holds Rescuer's Hand During Car Ride to New Foster Home
Like any other 4-year-old who is suddenly sent to a new place without her parents, Regan the dog was scared and confused
Regan the dog was a mix of emotions when her owner passed away and she ended up in an animal shelter. Sad, nervous, scared, confused … but, ultimately, the orphaned canine was grateful to find a friend to see her through the transition.
Fortunately, the 4-year-old pup ended up in a shelter, Goofy Foot Dog Rescue, in Lebanon, Tennessee, founded by Kim Mozena Rezac. According to TODAY, Rezac, who is also the director of animal welfare for Animal Rescue Corps, happened to be at the shelter when Regan arrived. The caring woman spent three days working to gain the stressed pup’s trust.
Eventually Rezac got Regan to the point where she was wagging her tail and excited whenever her new friend showed up. It seemed like a good juncture for Regan to go to a foster home — specifically, Rezac’s home.
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“You could tell she was scared and afraid. I would go in and give her treats and sit with her and talk,” Rezac told TODAY. “Our shelter is wonderful, and our volunteers do such a great job with the animals. But I hated for her to be there if she could be curled up on a couch at my house.”
Like a modern day Thelma and Louise (but without all the outlaw stuff and driving into the Grand Canyon bit), the pair set off in Rezac’s car.
“She wanted to hold my hand the whole way. If I took it away she would paw at it,” Rezac told TODAY. “She just wanted to be touching.”
Rezac filmed the moment in hopes of attracting attention to the sweet pup’s cause. “You guys,” Rezac wrote in a Facebook post. “So this girl’s person died and she found herself homeless. She was in our shelter for a couple days and I felt sorry for her so I brought her home. How sweet is she????”
Upon posting the video to Facebook, Rezac quickly fulfilled her intended mission: 2.7 million views (and counting) later, she was inundated with adoption requests. Within two days, Regan was in her new home with a family who was “meant to have her.”
“I see dogs who have come from the worst situations but they seek love and comfort in people. I see animals who have been horribly abused by people but just want love that people can offer,” Rezac told TODAY. “Their resilience is amazing. If we could all love like they do the world would be a better place.”