Shelters help many animals in need. One shelter this week went the extra mile and the results could leave you choked up.
A mother dog in Northern California was reunited with the her young puppies and the video capturing the moment has gone viral, thanks to it being shared on Facebook by Marin Humane Society.
Marin Humane shelter workers received two abandoned dogs recently and discovered that the female had recently given birth. Staff knew the puppies were probably still dependent on their mother, so they took action.
“After some detective work and a lot of convincing, our team was able to get the person who surrendered the dogs to also surrender the puppies, as they still needed their momma and were not in a safe situation,” a Facebook post from March 7 reads.
That post showed the heart-cinching moment where the mother dog, cowering in a corner, first lays eyes on her young dogs. At first Mama seems a bit tentative as she slowly walks over to the pups. But then the puppies come over to say hello, and that’s when the tails start wagging. Gradually all four of the puppies join their mother, and they all appear to be absolutely overjoyed. With gratitude, it seems, the mother dog returns to the shelter worker who brought in the young dogs and nuzzles her while wagging her tail. It’s incredibly touching, and no surprise that the video has nearly 3 million views.
“We captured the moment when sad and scared mom got to see her puppies again,” the Facebook posts states. “Tears of joy all around at this happy reunion.”