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Trending: Viral photo of sad dog puts focus on foster pets

Last Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 11:34 pm EST

A photo of a dog, looking forlorn at a Toronto kennel, has gone viral and, in the process, put the focus squarely on other foster pets

Lana was first featured on The Dodo, a website dedicated to the “love of animals.” The post itself had a tug-at-the-heartstrings title: Dog Returned To Shelter Is Too Sad To Go On Walks

Here’s how that happened: Lana was initially from Mexico but was rescued into Canada and placed in a foster family. When she was five and a half months old, she was adopted into what should have been a “forever” home. But she was returned to her rescuers when she snapped at the mom.

Lana the dog was returned to a shelter and her story has gone viral. Image via The Dodo/Lisa Burchell.

The shelter says it was just instinctive, left over from her time in Mexico. But the family, who also had children, were scared Lana would turn on them, and returned the dog.

Dahlia Ayoub, who runs her own dog training business, told The Dodo that Lana was so sad when she was returned to the shelter she wouldn’t even leave her kennel unless Ayoub or another volunteer, Lisa, was around.

Ayoub said Lana is still up for adoption, along with dozens of other dogs, on the Rescue Dogs Match website. Rescue Dogs Match places all their animals with volunteers. A few of the dogs can be seen below, and all of the available dogs can be seen here.

 

A small selection of the dogs available on the Rescue Dogs Match website. Screen grab via RescueDogsMatch.com.
<em?A small selection of the dogs available on the Rescue Dogs Match website. Screen grab via RescueDogsMatch.com.