Tears Over Special Needs Puppy's First Steps in New Backyard After Adoption

A rescue dog with special needs named Bevo has gone viral for his emotional reaction to seeing his new backyard for the first time, after a couple adopted him from an animal shelter.

In a video shared last Friday on Facebook by Stray Rescue of St. Louis, the animal shelter where Bevo was staying, he can be seen shedding tears of happiness as he tries to contain his happiness over his new home.

Bevo, who according to a few comments further down the post suffers from cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological condition which doesn't cause dogs any pain, but does cause them to be wobbly, has moved from the St. Louis shelter to his loving home in Atlanta with his new parents.

A dog in a garden
A rescue puppy with special needs has gone viral for his emotional reaction to his new loving home and garden. A stock image shows a puppy in a garden. Getty Images

According to data shared by Petpedia, there are 3,500 animal shelters in the US, and altogether there are about 14,000 shelters and rescue groups in the country.

Same data shows that over six million animals every year enter shelters across the country, but the good news is that about 710,000 of them are returned to their owners.

On the other hand, 30 percent of animals residing in shelters are there because they have been left by their owners, and animal shelters cost U.S. citizens almost $2 billion a year.

Bevo has arrived at his new home in Atlanta! Here he is with his mom and dad, getting to see his new backyard for the first time.Stray Rescue has a...

Most users reacted just as emotionally to the video as Bevo itself. The post has so far received over 91,000 likes, 3,200 comments and 1.5 million views. One user, Denise Franklin Korte, commented: "Oh my goodness such happy tears! LOVE this!!!! He's going to be so loved!!"

Tammy Greer said: "This literally brought me tears of pure happiness!!! He is such a perfectly precious baby! I can't get enough of watching this video!! I'm beyond happy for him and his family. He deserves the very best life ever and it looks like he is going to get it!! Praise God and Thank you Stray Rescue!! Congratulations Bevo and parents!! Wishing you every blessing always!!"

"Oh this just gets my heart. Bevo is such a sweet Angel. Knowing he's in such a loving, great home is so beautiful. Happy ever after Bevo and family!" said Karen Euler-Wagner, and Cathy Schlueter added: "My heart is doing a happy dance as tears of joy roll down my face! Thank You for giving this pup a home! He certainly won the puppy lottery!"

One of the users, Lora Heiking, asked: "What condition does he have? Just wondering, I know of a puppy who walks like this and they don't know why or what it is. I am so happy that someone will love him just the same. Just like children with special needs our animals net special care givers with extra unconditional love to give them."

And Tabatha McClendon Stewart answered saying: "The comments are saying its cerebellar hypoplasia. From what I've read it's neurological and doesn't cause any pain just causes them to be wobbly."

Elizabeth Michele McCoy-Sanchez Aguilar added: "I have similar and no pain."

Tammy Madison commented: "An Angel adopted an Angel. So very special, this story makes my heart sing. Bless you all."

Newsweek has contacted the Stray Rescue of St. Louis animal shelter for comment.

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