One-Eyed Rescue Dog Reacts With Delight After Learning She Is Being Adopted

An animal rescue worker has captured the joyous moment that a disabled dog, who survived a puppy mill, was told she was being adopted.

Joe Kay—who works as a dog adoption coordinator, helping to rescue, train and foster canines—shared the emotional clip to TikTok under the handle adoptingdogs, where it has been viewed 1.1 million times. The footage can be watched here.

In the video, Kay can be seen approaching the cage of a dog affectionately known as "One-Eyed Ann," carrying an orange laminated card with the words "Adopted please hold" printed on it.

"Is this for you? Is this for you? Is this for you, One-Eyed Ann?" he asks as he approaches her container.

Evidently excited by Kay's arrival, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel can be seen wagging her tail and jigging in delight at the sound of his voice.

"This is for you!" he tells her. "You're on hold, sweetie, you're on hold to be adopted, yes you are! Yes you are!"

Ann struggles to hold in her emotions, turning in small circles in her cage and, at one point, almost letting out a yelp of joy. The heartwarming exchange has proven popular with dog lovers, many of whom flocked to leave comments on the clip.

"She's so excited!" Christina Perdomo wrote.

"Oh, she's precious," Jules11177 commented.

Toni Klein posted: "She may only have one but it's the sweetest little eye in the world."

Spymylittleye, meanwhile, noticed how much her tail was wagging, joking that it "might fall off if she got any more excited."

One of the most powerful responses came from Shawn Whitney, who wrote: "Anyone who adopts, just know I appreciate you changing these kids with paws' future for the better."

Animal adoption charity Paws.org estimates as many as 90 percent of all puppies purchased from pet stores come from puppy mills, which are commercial breeding facilities.

The charity says many of the animals kept in puppy mills are "confined to squalid, overcrowded cages with minimal shelter from extreme weather and no choice but to sit and sleep in their own excrement."

They say animals there can end up suffering from "malnutrition or starvation" to the "inadequate or unsanitary food and water" while sick or dying dogs receive "little or no veterinary care."

According to Paws.org, kittens and puppies are often taken from their mothers at an early age in these mills, resulting in "serious behavior problems" while adult animals have been known to be "destroyed or discarded" once they can no longer produce offspring.

Kay told Newsweek that Ann was a puppy mill dog who had been used for breeding.

"Once the breeder is done with the dog, they usually send them away to be euthanized," he said. "That's where the shelter I work for steps in and takes ownership of the dog."

He added that he posts videos online to "show people that shelter dogs are worth adopting too."

Kay said: "I have thousands of messages from followers saying my videos changed their minds from buying a dog to adopting."

According to Kay, Ann is "now living her best life" and "already loves her adopter."

Ann's story comes hot on the heels of another happy tale involving a rescue dog by the name of Haddie. Haddie was left badly disfigured after being used as "bait" in dogfights but has learned to love again after being adopted.

Similarly, a young dog who was brought to a shelter after suffering a serious brain infection has been winning admirers online thanks to his impressive somersaulting ability.

Update 11/4/21, 9:15 a.m. ET: This article was updated to add extra comments from Joe Kayand new photos of Ann.

One-eyed Ann the rescue dog.
Ann, a rescue dog, has now been adopted. Joe Kay/AdoptingDogs/TikTok