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The 'Saddest Dog in the World' Returned to Shelter Again (Video)

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(N.Morgan) Not very long ago literally thousands of people from all over the world were applying to adopt Lana, a shelter dog who had become known as the “saddest dog in the world.”

In October 2015, a photo showing Lana dejected in her kennel went viral.

The family who had adopted her returned her to the shelter and Lana was too sad to go on walks.

Lana was born in Mexico, the runt of the litter. She often had to compete with her siblings for food.

Then she was brought to Toronto, Canada, so she could have a chance at having a real, loving home. 

Lana was bounced around from foster home to foster home.

When she was 5 months old, it seemed like she finally found her forever family. Lana seemed to be an enthusiastic and loving addition to the home. 

But one day, when she was being fed, Lana snapped at the mom. Her memories of being the runt of the litter may have made her protective of her food. The family, with young kids, grew nervous — and they brought Lana back to the shelter. And that’s when the photo of total dejection was taken. It was like her world shut down.

When The Dodo first told Lana’s story, people from all over the world wanted to help her. Rescue Dogs Match received 4,000 applications to adopt her and over $15,000 in donations. 

After getting a foster home, Lana, who had been so sad she refused to eat or go on walks, finally got another forever home. This was in January 2016 and the future seemed bright. We thought Lana’s story was over, with the happiest imaginable ending — until now.

Last week came the appeal no one thought possible: “May 14 is Lana’s birthday (she will be 3),” Rescue Dogs Match wrote in a Facebook post. “Please help find her a foster or forever home. Lana only has until May 20th.”

When commenters asked what would happen to her after May 20, the rescue group replied that she may be put to sleep, since she hasn’t been able to find a permanent home for three years. 

Sadly, Lana was returned to the shelter in July 2016. Lana went to a boarding shelter until October 2016. Then she went to a foster home for a week. Then she went to another boarding facility in November 2016.

The boarding facility is getting over crowded, they have no room for Lana anymore. But she still needs to find the person patient and caring enough to help her learn to trust. 

“Lana’s adoption did not work out because people want a dog they can pet and play with,” Brenda Dobranski, founder of Rescue Dogs Match, told The Dodo. “Lana is a silly fun girl but she is not the type of dog that will let you give belly rubs to and sleep in bed with. She loves to have a job.”

The best environment for Lana would be a farm where she can be outside most of the time. “She LOVES to be outside no matter what the weather,” Rescue Dogs Match wrote on Facebook. “Lana loves to be part of whatever is going on but not in ‘tight’ quarters.”

The rural in-home boarding facility where Lana has been living needs her out by May 20.

“We need to keep Lana’s happiness and well being at the forefront,” Dobranski said. “It is not fair for her to have to keep moving around. She just settles and becomes accepting [only] to be up rooted again. Every time she moves her progress is set back.”

“The best family for her would be a mature couple or person that has the time, patience, determination and commitment to help her become more confident,” the rescue wrote. “She is sweet and silly, that is hard-wired into her character. She is timid, wary of strangers only at first. When she is not around the people she trusts, she has the tendency to shut down or become very hesitant.”

Lana also loves to be around other dogs, so someone willing to arrange playdates with canine neighbors would be ideal.

“I am not sure what will happen to Lana on [May 20],” Dobranski added. “Unfortunately, euthanasia is an option, but with all the time and support and money that has been offered to Lana I don’t even want to think about it.”

If you think you’re the person Lana so desperately needs, you can email [email protected] to foster or adopt her. The rescue is considering applications from Canada and the U.S. If you’re not that person, you can still help Lana by sharing — yet again — her story. 

Update: Lana has found a foster home and new training program, according to Rescue Dogs Match. The Dodo will continue to follow her story.


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    • 2QIK4U

      My first dog I found in a big shops skip bin just as the truck was about to pick up and crush. The Labrador I have now was being beaten with cricket bats while chained to a fence. After I jumped the fence and belted these turds with thier own bats. I couldn’t unchain her as it had grown into her skin. So while being bitten all over my arms I smashed the fence down and took my new Labrador chain fence pailing and all. She’s ten now and thinks she’s human. I will pay for this pup to be transported to Australia and will get customs help and the Australian fake media to help get her in.. I’ve never given up On any animal ever. As you say there is always a reason why they’re messed up. Being in oz I will probably be ignored because of the previous thousands of applications but in Australia she will have more room than most horses… There’s plenty of room in my pack. Animals are better than all humans. That’s why we are here. :mad:

      • 2QIK4U

        Every living cell on earth needs it’s own time.

      • 2QIK4U

        Except democrats. They are breathing toxic waste. Trump should have it for the white house. I bet it will protect him better than his current security!

      • Me

        Amen! I’ll take animals over humans any day.

    • Redlist Renegade

      Every dog has it’s own unique personality (just like people do) . I have an entire small pack of terriers (I live in a remote rural mountain area so I’m allowed to have a lot more than people who live in urban and suburban areas are) . Each and every one of my little dogs came from bad situations and some had a lot of fear and anger towards people and other dogs but I’ve never given up on ANY of my dogs ! It just takes time , unconditional love and lots of work and patience and eventually ANY dog can be changed and saved !!! Unfortunately we live in a completely self centered , disposable culture in this world now and there are a LOT of VERY Self Centered Human Beings that all want instant gratification for EVERYTHING so if a dog (or any other animal) doesn’t meet THEIR “qualifications” immediately these people just Get “Rid” of them and replace them with another pet or something that gives them their “Fix” and high of that immediate gratification (like going shopping for completely useless CRAP at the mall) !!! Decent , Quality REAL people DON’T do that !!! The longer that I’m around on this planet I like Dogs a LOT more than People !!! These days there’s only Three Things That I’m Livin’ For , My Dogs And Me And The Third World War !!!

    • Pink Slime

      Hello Angle#3,

      Charlie here. I have a sad story too. I dropped a doughnut on the floor and now nobody wants to eat it. It sits there on the table waiting to be thrown in the trash can. I feel so sorry for it. It’s so sad to see it there all alone. Won’t you please save it today? Before it gets a day old and nobody will surely want it anymore?

      I set up a Gofundme page to help save a doughnut today. You can also call this number if you see a doughnut on the floor at 1-800-SAVEADONUT and someone from our company will come by and get it.

      Won’t you please help save a dropped doughnut today? :cry: :cry:


      Charlie (We have a lot in common. You like dogs and I like doghnuts.) :lol: :lol:

      • 2QIK4U

        Call the police. After they stop crying they’ll eat it off the floor and lick the glaze away. No evidence. I’m sure they’ll understand and give you thier free pass to Dunkin Donuts… A dropped box of glaze is ptsd for the local fat cop.

        • Legin

          Mr 2QIK4U may good things happen for you. You seem to be a very caring person

          I’ve been reading your comments for a while and only joined just now to ask you thoughts on a certain group
          I’m from Sydney my email is [email protected] I’m just a bloke


      • 2QIK4U

        Thankyou that’s a very kind compliment.. Mr Legin check your inbox and will speak with you soon. Sorry this page wouldn’t let me reply directly..

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