‘Depressed’ Dog Returned to Shelter a Day After Adoption Finds Forever Home

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A dog has been given a second chance at a forever home after a previous adoption attempt saw him returned to the shelter in just 24 hours.

Thane, a spirited 2-year-old giant schnauzer mix, was left feeling low when he was returned to the Humane Society of Broward County in Florida by a previous adopter. They took back Thane, having struggled with his high-energy nature, and said he was too overly curious with the cats in the home.

“The back and forth was really hard on Thane. His spirits were very low when he was returned,” Susan Leonti from the Humane Society of Broward County told Newsweek.

From left: Thane, a rescue dog, at the center; and in the back of a car. He has finally found his forever home after being returned to the shelter previously in just 24 hours.
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Each year, 6.3 million pets are surrendered to U.S. shelters, which is an average of 17,260 a day, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The number of dogs and cats taken in by pet shelters hit 46,807 during January 2023, an increase of 1,744 compared with January 2022, the 24Pet ‘Shelter Watch Report’ found. Around 920,000 surrendered animals are euthanized every year. Shelters are striving to minimize euthanasia rates by promoting adoption campaigns, spaying and neutering programs, and behavior rehabilitation.

Thankfully, Thane has now found his true forever home, and has been living with his new family for two weeks now.

In a heartwarming video shared on TikTok three days ago, the Humane Society of Broward County captured the joyful moment when Thane was adopted by his forever family. In the caption, the shelter wrote how Thane had been “so depressed after being adopted and returned.”

Things are going well in his new home, and Thane has even sent the rescue his own email update to express his happiness.

It read: “Hi Friends – Thane here! Just wanted to let you all know that I’m doing well and that my new family is awesome! I get lots of love, go for walks, swim in the pool, and ride around in my new dad’s Jeep. We even went trick or treating around the neighborhood last night! I miss all of you and am so thankful for your love and care while I was between homes!! I think I’m going to really like being with this new family.”

On TikTok, people were delighted to hear that Thane had finally got his very own happy ending.

“Thane about to throw out a hip he’s so excited to go home,” wrote one commenter. “He’s so happy I love it,” agreed another.

“Awww this new family is where he was supposed to always be,” posted a third TikTok user.

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