The Front Street Animal Shelter, which is at capacity, is offering free adoptions throughout the month of June


Maybe you’ve heard this before, but it’s worth repeating: For every pet you adopt from a shelter, you’re saving two lives — the life of the animal you’ve adopted, and another who fills its space at the animal shelter.

One Canadian family went out of their way to save two lives at Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter, which announced on Facebook on May 31 that it was “extremely crowded” and had run out of space for animals.

“Joyce had been at the shelter for almost two months, sadly watching people pass her by for other dogs,” says the caption for this Facebook video, which has been viewed over 76,000 times and shared over 2,000. “But when this family heard we were full, they drove all the way from British Columbia, Canada, to save a life.”

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The lucky pooch they chose was Joyce, who the shelter describes as a “perfect fit for them.” Watch as the pup meets her forever family, receives belly rubs, and finally waves goodbye to shelter life as she drives off into the sunset in a car, on her way home.

“This was her past,” says the video, “but her future looks amazing!”

If you’re searching for a forever friend, visit the Front Street Animal Shelter, where adoptions are free throughout the month of June to help as many pets as possible.