After Owner Dies, a Scared Dog is Taken to a Shelter—He Wants One Thing

February 22, 2018

One of the scariest moments a pet can experience is their owner passing away. That is what happened to 4-year-old Regan. After Regan's owner passed, Regan ended up at a shelter in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The new place caused her to be scared and confused. Kim Mozena Rezac, the founder of Goofy Foot Dog Rescue, was at the shelter to work with survivors of dogfighting busts when she met Regan. According to an interview with TODAY, Regan said she spent three days earning Regan's trust.

After three days, Regan would wag her tail and get excited when Rezac visited. Rezac was the only person in which Regan would respond. As a result of this, Rezac decided to be Regan's foster mom.

Rezac said, "You could tell she was scared and afraid. I would go in and give her treats and sit with her and talk. 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 coach at my house."

While Regan was in Rezac's car going to her foster home, Regan reached her paw out to Rezac to hold her hand and held it for the entire 2.5 hour ride. "I think she felt secure in touching someone familiar. She was so nervous and scared in the shelter, but as soon as she jumped into my car, she seemed so grateful," Rezac said.

Regan's reaction touched Rezac and she wanted others to see it. She captured part of the moment on video so she could share it and raise awareness of Regan's need for a home. Rezac's Facebook video worked! The video has been viewed almost 3 million times and she received countless adoption inquiries.

After two days in Rezac's home, she placed Regan in a new home. The couple who adopted Regan knew they were meant to have her. For right now they are fostering her, but as long as things keep going well, they will adopt her.

Rezac hopes this story will move people to do two important things. The first thing would be to have a plan for pets to be taken care of in case something happens. The second would be to consider going to the shelter to adopt a pet. She added, "They may not have a viral video, but they'll have just as much to give."

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