Video of ‘sad’ dog at Orlando shelter passed after ‘overwhelming’ response

Credit: Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office.

It only took 2 seconds for Guapo to break the heart of the internet – and less than a week to find his forever home!

The 2-year-old dog was just adopted by Orange County Animal Services after a video of owners’ surrenders showed his sad face behind bars at the shelter.

“Animal abandonment is one of the hardest things for us here at OCAS to understand,” the shelter wrote on Facebook. “We know there are times when people face real dilemmas and emergencies. We know there are some really heartbreaking reasons why someone may have to give up a dog. But the reality is that the most of the reasons we hear when people turn up don’t really make sense to us.”

Guapo was handed over to the shelter last week. Staff say he went unnoticed for days because he hid behind his kennel mate and rarely paid attention to passers-by.

“His sad face caught our attention, because he said a lot. Guapo was a surrendering owner, like most of the dogs at the shelter. But he seemed to take it harder than most. He was the embodiment of what our dogs feel every day, and his expressive eyes and face told his story better than we could.”

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The young dog was featured in a video about some of the dogs currently at the shelter. The clip has been viewed over 7,000 times and interest in Guapo has started to flow!

“The response we’ve received for him has been overwhelming,” the shelter said. “People came by the dozens to see Guapo, and we got a ton of email inquiries about this poor sad dog.”

The next video posted by the shelter was of a very happy Guapo hanging out with his new family after being adopted!

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“After only a few minutes in the playground with his new family, we began to see a different look on Guapo’s face. A slow, shy smile, and a light in his eyes that only comes from hope and happiness. He seemed to realize something was different. He wagged his tail and lay down next to his adopters, calm and at peace probably for the first time since his arrival. Guapo knew he was coming home.

If you have room in your family for a four-legged friend, the shelter needs adopters to step in. Orange County Animal Services currently has over 700 animals in its care, 383 physically at the shelter and an additional 319 in foster care. On Thursday alone, the shelter received 114 animals, 40 of which were confiscated due to living conditions issues.

You can see all the animals in need of loving homes on the Orange County Animal Services website.


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Jennifer R. Strohm