Broken-Hearted Shelter Dog Finally Finds Her Forever Home After Sad Story Goes Viral

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Rescue dogs can often struggle to find their forever home, especially when they are larger breeds, as was the case for Linda, who was left abandoned at the Humane Society of Broward City.

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She’s an oversized softie with a heart of gold, but when her family moved away they were forced to leave poor Linda behind. Due to her size, she was continually being passed over by those people looking for younger and smaller dogs, and was clearly becoming heartbroken the longer she stayed there.

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Over the time she spent in the humane society, Linda stopped accepting treats or affection and lost interest in going on walks with the shelter workers, instead lying still in her glass-walled cage, staring off into space. 

Linda’s despondency broke the shelter workers’ hearts, and they wrote a note about the sweet dog explaining her history. It didn’t gain any traction from people walking in their doors, however, and so the shelter took to TikTok to hopefully spread word of Linda’s situation in hopes they would find her a forever family.

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Losing hope 💔Linda is shutting down! We need your help. This gentle girl is not handling shelter life well and barely lifts her head to say hello anymore. She doesn’t care about treats or toys or even going for walks. We need someone to open their heart and please give this beautiful girl a home! She was brought to the shelter because her previous owner moved and could not take her with them. She is so sad to have lost her family! 💔If you can’t adopt, please share her post. Her forever family is out there somewhere! To give Linda (A656600) a chance at a new life, please fill out a pre-adoption application (link in bio) and stop by. The shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL and opens daily at 11 AM. If you have any questions call 954-989-3977 ext. 6…#rescuedog #shelterdog #adoptme #adoptdontshop #humanebroward #dogsoftiktok #fortlauderdale #dogoftheday #dogrescue #dogvideos #fyp #foryou #dog #dogshelter

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The initial video, posted on July 18, rapidly went viral with over 2.8 million views and 4.8k comments from viewers desperate to help or adopt the sweet girl. 

Applications for her began rolling in at the shelter thanks to one video. One family came to do a meet and greet with Linda, but when she saw them, she became too nervous to go up to them. They weren’t dissuaded, however, and the couple decided to do a home visit and sleepover with her to get the sweetheart out of the shelter, which was clearly causing much of her anxiety.

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UPDATE: Linda was too nervous for her dog meet today but the prospective family was very understanding and took her home for a sleepover! Let’s keep sending good vibes and thoughts for Linda ❤️ So many other amazing dogs are looking for their furever home! Please fill out a pre adoption application and come to our shelter to meet these wonderful dogs!

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They were patient with the lonely dog, and she very quickly took to them. She was very quickly adopted by the family, and it was all thanks to the video of her going viral on TikTok. Linda is now named Lucy, and they shared photos and videos with the shelter to share the happy ending to her sad story. 


It’s official! Linda has been adopted!! ❤️🙌 We are so excited to share that the family that Linda went home with have adopted her! We’ve never seen her happier!! Her new forever family have not only given her a new home, but also a new name- Lucy! 💕 We are so excited to watch lovely Lucy on her new journey @droolinlucy ☺️ She is going to have such a wonderful life! If you would like to give one of our adoptable pets a wonderful life, please fill out a pre-adoption application (link in bio) and head down today. The shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL and opens daily at 11 a.m. If you have any questions call 954-989-3977 ext. 6. #adopted #goinghome #dogrescue #adoptdontshop #humanebroward #rescuedog #dogsoftiktok #linda #dogvideos #dog #fyp #foryoupage

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