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This story just breaks our hearts into a million little pieces. Lana is a two-year-old Labrador who was given up by her first family in October of 2015. Once again back at the shelter, the photo of Lana looking depressed when she was returned went viral, with dog lovers dubbing her the “saddest dog in the world.”

Lana’s plight touched the hearts of millions, but thankfully due to the success of the story, 4,000 adoption applications were filed and $15,000 in donations came pouring in to cover Lana’s care. Lana was adopted by a second family in Ontario, Canada and we wish the story ended there. Sadly, this sweet pup was once again returned to the shelter by the second family after just a few months.

Now, to make matters even worse, Lana faces euthanasia on May 20th at her current shelter due to overcrowding issues.  Someone, please help Lana!


Rescue Dogs Match, a Canadian non-profit pleaded on Facebook for a foster or forever home for this sweet girl. “May 14th is Lana’s birthday (she will be three). Please help find her a Foster or Forever home. Lana only has until May 20th.” Look at that gorgeous smile!


Lana loves to be outdoors and not in “tight” quarters. Rescue Dog Match explained, “‘The best environment for her would be a horse or hobby farm where she can be outside most of the time ‘helping’ her person with the chores around the property.” 


The rescue also noted that “the ideal family would be a mature couple or someone with the ‘time, patience, determination and commitment to help her become more confident.” Lana seems like the perfect outdoors buddy!


The rescue team is committed to supporting Lana and aims to find a family with the training and time to ensure Lana’s third home is her last. Rescue Dogs Match said on their Facebook page that they are currently reviewing all of the applications that have been submitted thus far and will provide an update soon. Fingers crossed for Lana! If you’re interested in submitting an application of your own, click here.

Sadly, Lana’s story is not uncommon and 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized every day due to shelter overcrowding and limited funds. If you find this figure shocking, consider the positive fact that by adopting a dog you not only save a life but gain a loyal best friend. Whether you’d prefer a mixed breed or purebred, a young pup or an elder dog, a shelter near you probably has the companion you’re looking for.

If you’d like to get involved with your local animal shelter and help out dogs just like Lana, check out our guide to volunteering. And please, always adopt and never buy!

Image source: Rescue Dogs Match/Facebook

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0 comments on “Help ‘Saddest Dog in the World’ Who’s Been Returned to Shelter Twice and Might be Put Down!”

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1 Years Ago

How can we help ? It seems I haven\'t understood. Let me know, please.

1 Years Ago

Isn\'t this the dog that had behavioral issues and acted aggressively towards the family?

Road Runner
1 Years Ago

I can barely see to type this-bought tears to my eyes. I hope someone will adopt this this dog-she deserves to be in a home with people who care. Wishing her good luck!

1 Years Ago

Where s the contact number for this shelter please?

1 Years Ago

I have an adopted dog and a store bought dog. My adopted dog has major behavioral issues. She is aggressive toward people outside of the house and she has severe anxiety issues with new places and being left alone. We spent a-lot of time and money on training and medication, with no effect. If I was made aware that there would be a chance of getting a dog behavioral issues (adopting), I would not have adopted. Every dog needs a home, whether from a kennel or a store.

1 Years Ago

The chumps have given $15K to take care of this dog. What happened to the $15K?

12 May 2017

People like you make me sick.

Perdita Pongo
1 Years Ago

If we can donate money to help a family take care of her I am in!

Clyde Olin
1 Years Ago

I wish I could help ( already have 2 Pups ), why can`t these people keep this PET ? She looks very nice. Seems to me that 14k appilcations & $ 15k dollars she should be able to live like a queen.

What the Reason?
1 Years Ago

Sad story indeed, but why this dog? Why the story? There\'s tons of stories like this more or less. So why this one? The MSM is always working an angle. So what is is? In what way are they trying to manipulate us? That\'s the purpose of the news and media.

1 Years Ago

While its a travesty for any animal to be euthanized please adjust the article to read, 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized every YEAR

Congrats to Lana on the foster home.


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