Dogs' Reaction to Shelter's New Facility Melts Hearts: 'Heaven'

The internet has hailed a video showing shelter dogs in a new facility as "heaven" after it was watched more than 1.5 million times.

Posted by TikTok user dimaria1007, the 15-second video shows the dogs piling into a new shelter area packed with beds and blankets. With more than 160,000 likes and thousands of comments, it's prompted viewers to discuss the heartbreaking number of dogs needing loving homes.

"This looks like a perfect example of what I imagine heaven to be like," wrote one TikTok user in the comments. Meanwhile, another commenter said: "This makes me so happy to see—people who actually care for them. They have nowhere to go but now they do."

Others shared their heartbreak at the number of pups in the video currently living in a shelter environment. "This is so cute but heartbreaking at how many there is," wrote one commenter, while another said: "That is a lot of puppies in need of a home."

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that each year, 6.5 million animals enter U.S. shelters, among them are 3.1 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. The ASPCA also reports that each year roughly 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized—often due to a lack of space, food, and other resources.

The ASPCA National Rehoming Survey revealed that the most common reasons that owners rehome their pets are cited as pet problems including problematic behaviors, aggressive behavior, growing larger than expected, or health problems the owner could not handle.

"Why [do] so many dogs have no home, it breaks my heart to a million pieces," wrote one commenter. "Thanks for caring for them."

One TikTok user said: "I want to work here," and another agreed: "It would be therapy for me to spend time with all of them."

Others couldn't handle the cuteness, with one comment that said: "Omg how cute I'm crying."

The rescue center has more than 39,000 followers on TikTok where they share frequent updates and videos of the dogs they care for.

"Rescue is my favorite breed and species," wrote one commenter.

But despite the number of abandoned dogs that need homes, research shows that in the U.S., most pet owners are still opting to buy puppies from breeders. The ASPCA says that around 34 percent of dogs in their forever homes are purchased from breeders, while 23 percent are adopted from a shelter. Another 20 percent are acquired from a friend or family member and only 6 percent are taken in as strays.

This week a woman gained viral attention after sharing how she is helping shelter dogs boost their adoption chances by taking professional standard photos of each pup that have been branded "soulful" online.

Newsweek has reached out to dimaria1007 for comment.

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A file photo of dogs in an animal shelter cage. A video of dogs in a shelter has melted hearts online with viewers branding it "heaven." fortise/Getty Images